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

Christy Tidwell

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

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

Christy Tidwell

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

Christy Tidwell

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

Christy Tidwell
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 ...

2022 Authors and Artists Festival: Writing the Land Poets’ Retreat

Christy Tidwell

Virtual Poetry Retreat: Healing Ourselves and the Planet

On February 25-27, 2022, a Poets’ Retreat focused on healing ourselves and the planet will take place on Zoom. Explore the relationship between your writing practice and climate change in these gentle, restorative, and inspiring workshops with like-minded poets using their craft to promote change and right relationships between humans and the rest of Nature. The retreat includes three workshops, an exclusive poetry reading, peer writing groups, and an opportunity to read in the Authors ...

The Arithmetic of Compassion: How Psychology and Literature Help Explain the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Scott Slovic, photo by Susan Bender

University of Oregon psychologist Paul Slovic and his son, University of Idaho Distinguished Professor of Environmental Humanities Scott Slovic, recently recorded a half-hour podcast for the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health series called Public Health On Call.

Their conversation focused on how psychology and literature help to explain public responses to COVID-19. Much of what Scott talked about concerns the environmental humanities in relation to the pandemic.

Listen via this link: The Arithmetic of Compassion: How Psychology ...

Wet feet? Flooding, resilience and the climate crisis (online conference)

Christy Tidwell

Wet feet? Flooding, resilience and the climate crisis (online conference)

Organisers: Gemma Curto and Juliet de Little, University of Sheffield

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Dr Kate Smith (University of Hull)

Dr Katie Ritson (Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich)

Generously sponsored by the Sheffield Water Centre, The University of Sheffield

Conference: 9am – 3pm, 19 May 2021 [itinerary in BST/GMT+1]

Register by 19 April 2021:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wet-feet-flood-resilience-and-the-climate-crisis-tickets-136599660261

About the event:

The conference will be held on the 19th May 2021, with access to posted papers available for one week ...

Ashland Creek Press Celebrates 10 Years

Boutique publisher of environmental literature will publish 30th title this year (Ashland, OR— March 1, 2021)

John Yunker and Midge Raymond

This month, Ashland Creek Press is celebrating 10 years of publishing, beginning with the first book in a young-adult trilogy (of which Kirkus Reviews wrote, “This series opener blends genre tradition with West Coast environmentalism … the result feels fresh and original”) and poised to publish a nonfiction book for young readers, Saving Animals: A Future Activist’s Guide this spring.

Over the past decade, ...

ASLE Members Edit Elements in Environmental Humanities Series

The Cambridge digital series, Elements in Environmental Humanities, now have seven titles published online and an eighth soon to appear.

Editors: Louise Westling, University of Oregon Serenella Iovino, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Timo Maran, University of Tartu

About the Elements in Environmental Humanities series

The environmental humanities is a new transdisciplinary complex of approaches to the embeddedness of human life and culture in all the dynamics that characterize the life of the planet. These approaches reexamine our species’ history in light of the intensifying awareness of drastic climate change ...

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