Member News

John Parham

McIntyre Amy

We share, via our colleagues at ASLE-UKI, the very sad news that John Parham, one of the UK’s leading ecocritics, editor of Green Letters for many years, has died:

Many member of ASLE knew and loved John and his work. For those who were not as familiar, here is a link to a featured article about his Green Media pedagogy on our website:

Lynne Heasley’s The Accidental Reef Named a Grand Prize Winner in 2023 Indie Book Awards

Ponce de Leon Alejandro

The Accidental Reef and Other Ecological Odysseys in the Great Lakes, by Lynne Heasley (with illustrations and cover art by Glenn Wolff), received one of three Grand Prizes for Nonfiction in the 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and first place in the categories of education/academic and animals/pets. The book was also a 2022 Nautilus Silver Award winner for Lyric Prose.  Awards judge Martha Kennedy commended Heasley for environmental storytelling that “is at once scientific and lyrical, humorous and deathly serious.”

Planet Now! / Planeta herido: Conversation Series Features Artist Verónica Gerber Bicecci in Conversation with Gisela Heffes

Rivers Daniel

The Center for Environmental Studies at Rice University, Houston-based Literal Publishing, and Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) continue to produce their conversation series: Planet Now! / Planeta herido: una conversación. The series features interviews to Latin American writers, artists and activists, in Spanish, which are then transcribed, translated, and presented with English subtitles added. The goal of this series is to give visibility in the US to the Latin American environmental production, which would otherwise be unnoticed within an ...

Taylor Brorby Publishes NYT Op-Ed

McIntyre Amy

Taylor Brorby, ASLE member and author of the acclaimed Boys and Oil: Growing Up Gay in a Fractured Land, published a NYT guest op-ed on February 24, 2023, entitled “The Real Reason North Dakota Is Going After Books and Librarians.”

The guest essay focuses on “two pieces of legislation that may soon be signed into law in North Dakota would make it possible to restrict libraries and, in some cases, to imprison librarians.”

Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies Free Access Review Dossier

McIntyre Amy

Please find below links to a *free access* review dossier on Environmental research and practice in Latin America, just out with the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, guest edited by Lisa Blackmore and Gisela Heffes.

It features essays on Indigenous arts in Brazil and site-specific arts practice that might be of particular relevance to members of ASLE, as well as other essays on plant and environmental thinking.

Treading Lightly on the Earth: New Directions in Latin American Environmental Research and Practice. Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 31.1 ...

Allison Cobb’s Plastic: an Autobiography wins 2022 Oregon Sarah Winnemucca Book Award for Creative Nonfiction

Tidwell Christy

Literary Arts’ Oregon Book Awards for 2022 have awarded the Sarah Winnemucca Book Award for Creative Nonfiction to Allison Cobb’s Plastic: An Autobiography with the following citation from John Freeman:

Plastic degrades so slowly, Allison Cobb writes in her exquisitely made hybrid memoir, it is beyond material, it becomes instantly metaphorical. What does it mean to triumph over death in this way while also delivering it, her book asks. Visiting with albatrosses in Hawaii that choke to death on plastic toothbrushes, recalling her upbringing ...

LA River Storytelling Project Awarded California Humanities Grant

McIntyre Amy

Char Miller, director of environmental analysis and the W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History, is the principal investigator of a two-year project entitled “The People’s Archive: Los Angeles River Narratives, Counternarratives and Conversations.” This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was awarded a $19,998 grant in December 2021.

Char Miller

“This is an extraordinary opportunity to capture the biotic and human stories about the region’s iconic river ...

Ecological Reparation YouTube Channel

Tidwell Christy

How can ecological thinking and practice enable reparation? How can reparation for damages done be ecological? The YouTube channel Ecological Reparation discusses work engaged in remediating and repairing as well as claiming reparations for more than human ecologies. Videos explore different ways in which ecological thinking and practice may enable reparation, as well as how reparation for damages done could be ecological.

Participants start from diverse standpoints connecting the social sciences, environmental sciences and humanities, as well as critical theory, ...

Co-President Gisela Heffes featured by Rice University’s News

Tidwell Christy

Gisela Heffes and George Handley, recently elected co-presidents, are already bringing positive attention to ASLE. Gisela Heffes was recently featured in a piece from Rice University. In it, she emphasizes the importance of diversifying ASLE:

There’s never been anybody from Latin America in the presidency, I believe. One of our goals is to diversify and abandon monolingualism,” Heffes said. “It’s so important to emphasize the presence of Spanish in the United States, and I am extremely lucky that ASLE officers and members are very ...

Writing for Animals online class

Tidwell Christy
Writing for Animals is designed to help writers become more effective advocates for animals. Using the book Writing for Animals: New perspectives for writers and instructors to educate and inspire as a text, we’ll examine the ways in which writers from myriad genres – fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and activist writing – handle the portrayal of animals in their work. The class is available periodically as a live program and throughout the year as a self-paced program. Instructors Midge Raymond and John Yunker are authors and ...

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