Member News

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 ...

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

Tidwell Christy

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

McIntyre Amy

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)

Tidwell Christy

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:

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

McIntyre Amy

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

McIntyre Amy

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 ...

Call for Submissions: ASLE-UKI Inaugural Book Prize 2021

ASLE-UKI Book Prize 2021

Deadline for Nominations: January 31st, 2021

We are pleased to announce the inauguration of the biennial ASLE-UKI book prizes. There will be two categories:

the best academic monograph in ecocriticism and the environmental humanities published at any time in 2019 or 2020 (please note this does not include edited collections). the best work of creative writing in any form or genre with an ecological theme published at any time in 2019 or 2020.

The initial long list will be drawn up from nominations received ...

New Entries Published in Searchable Sea Literature, Funded by ASLE Grant

McIntyre Amy

One of the 2020 ASLE Subvention Grant projects is well underway to completion. This grant provides funding to support new reference entries on authors who have been underrepresented in blue ecocriticism at the Searchable Sea Literature site, notably female authors of the twentieth and twenty-first century, especially those that are Black, Indigenous, Asian, or Latinx. Searchable Sea Literature is an open access internet resource providing peer-reviewed biographies of North American Anglophone maritime authors, hundreds of individually searchable links to electronic texts ...

Recipients of ASLE Translation Grant Publish Chinese Women Writers on the Environment

Tidwell Christy

Chinese Women Writers on the Environment: A Multi-Ethnic Anthology of Fiction and Nonfiction, edited by Dong Isbister, Xiumei Pu, and Stephen D. Rachman (McFarland Books, 2020), was supported by an ASLE Translation Grant and has recently been published.

The stories, prose and poems in this anthology offer readers a unique and generous array of women’s experiences in China. In a world that is rapidly modernizing, these writings attempt to reconcile with the ever-changing people, plants, beasts and environment. After five years of painstaking collection ...