ASLE News

ASLE Welcomes New Professional Liaison Coordinator and Sustainability Officer

ASLE is pleased to announce that we have new officers in two appointed positions: Professional Liaison Coordinator and Sustainability Officer. The PLC position is being passed on from Heather Sullivan, who has served ASLE for many dedicated years. Sustainability Officer is a new position; while we have always strived to incorporate sustainability goals into everything ASLE does, and will continue to do so, the time has come to dedicate specific efforts and labor to achieve our goals. Please join us in welcoming ...

2022 ASLE Book Award Finalists Announced

Judges have announced the finalists for the 2022 ASLE Book Awards. The awards, in the categories of ecocriticism and environmental creative writing, were established in 2007 and have been given biennially to recognize excellence in the field.  The 2021 awards were postponed to 2022 due to the pandemic.  This year, because of the delay and the high number of excellent submissions, two winners will be chosen in each category.

Winners will be announced in late summer. These finalists are books authored or edited by ...

ISLE Issue 29.2: Focus on Poetry

Editor’s Note by Christina Gerhardt

April, of course, is National Poetry Month. In celebration of it, Cecily Parks, ISLE’s Associate Editor of Poetry, edited a special cluster of poetry. Featuring work by Tamiko Beyer, Carla M. Cherry, Tyler John Dettloff, Sara Lupita Olivares, and Cintia Santana, it highlights new poetry engaging the environment. The subsequent essays, too, engage poetry and poetics. Davy Knittle considers African American US poet June Jordan’s “Skyrise for Harlem,” an essay Jordan penned that refuses 1950s and 1960s style urban renewal ...

In Memoriam: Glen A. Love (1932-2022)

By Scott Slovic, University of Idaho, founding president of ASLE (1992-1995) and former Editor of ISLE (1995-2020)

Before there was ASLE, there was Glen Love.

ASLE has lost one of its founding leaders and great supporters. From 1965 to 1995, Glen Love taught in the English Department at the University of Oregon, where he specialized in American literature and began developing new courses in Northwest literature, Western American literature, and literature and environment in the 1970s. He was a pioneer in the field of ecocriticism. ...

ASLE Graduate Student Workshop: Public Humanities

May 19, 2022 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada) Via Zoom

Please join us virtually for the first of three professional development workshops for ASLE graduate students in 2022. Our first installment will focus on Public Humanities.

Graduate students will hear from other graduate students and early-career faculty about the challenges and rewards of developing such projects, funding opportunities, and suggestions for creating public humanities projects.

Moderated by Lisa Fink, ASLE Senior Graduate Student Liaison.

Register Now Featured Guests/Projects: April Anson, Cassie Galantine, Shane Hall, Alexander Menrisky, & ...

Watersheds: ASLE 2022 Symposium Registration Open

2022 ASLE Symposium June 24-26, 2022 University of Delaware, Newark DE Register Now

Conference Website

Conference email: [email protected]

Keynote Speakers:

Dennis J. Coker

Kazim Ali (virtual keynote) currently a Professor of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. His newest books are a volume of three long poems entitled The Voice of Sheila Chandra and a memoir of his Canadian childhood, Northern Light.

Dennis J. Coker is Principal Chief of the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware

Hillary Eklund is an Associate Professor of English at Loyola University, and author of Literature and Moral Economy in ...

Fire and Water Symposium in Kelowna

Poster art: “Sacred Water” by Coralee Miller

Fire and Water: Creative and Critical Perspectives from the Okanagan Watershed and Beyond

Friday, 13 May, 2022 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Woodhaven Eco-Culture Centre, Kelowna

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“Fire and Water” is a free one-day symposium of workshops, storytelling, talks, performances, and other forms of sharing creative and critical perspectives on water ecologies and fire practices in the Okanagan watershed and beyond. This event will take place on site at the Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre on Syilx territory, primarily outdoors ...

ASLE Statement on the War in Ukraine

ASLE opposes the illegal and immoral invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Ukraine is a sovereign state with a distinct history, language, and culture. Russia has no right to colonize Ukraine. We stand against imperial wars and the social and environmental destruction that they wreak. We call on our academic colleagues to condemn this war and the fossil fuel infrastructure that supports it. We support the people of Ukraine in their resistance and look forward to the day when Ukrainians live again in peace.

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Environmental Literature Institute 2022

ELI poetic fieldwork at the Exeter River with 2019 keynote Alison Hawthorne Deming

From Sunday, June 19 to Friday, June 24, 2022, the annual Environmental Literature Institute (ELI) will take place at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. ELI is the only institute of its kind dedicated to the environmental humanities in secondary education. The week-long conference, offered in collaboration with ASLE, is designed to build and sustain a community of teachers interested in the environmental humanities.

This summer, after a two-year pandemic hiatus, ELI will ...

ASLE Spotlight 2022 Lineup and Registration

We are delighted to announce the themes and participants in our 2022 ASLE Spotlight series.

Each of our four ASLE Spotlight episodes will feature moderated conversations with ASLE members who have produced new critical and creative work in the environmental humanities. Episodes follow a theme, and highlight publicly engaged scholarship. They will be recorded for later viewing.

Registration is required for the live episodes, and space is limited. Priority will be given to ASLE members, but all are welcome to sign up and will be ...

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