Graduate students have always been at the center of ASLE. Even before our association was formally organized, The American Nature Writing Newsletter, a biannual publication founded by Alicia Nitecki in 1989, and the forerunner of ASLE News, included the writing and editorial contributions of graduate students—some of whom would become founding members of our association. Graduate students then joined experienced teachers and scholars in building ASLE, compiling reading lists, syllabi and a list of institutions with graduate programs in the environmental humanities.
Today, graduate student members of ASLE enjoy:
Our Graduate Student Liaisons (GSLs)represent the interests and concerns of graduate students at meetings of the Executive Council (EC) and collaborate with the coordinator of the ASLE Mentoring Program. As Project Coordinators, GSLs spearhead projects important to the life and future of the organization.
The following ASLE members have served as GSL, and we recognize here their inspired work and ongoing contributions:
Our graduate student paper awards in ecocriticism and environmental creative writing were first given at the 2007 conference at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The most recent awards were given at the 2015 conference held at the University of Idaho in Moscow. The next ASLE book awards will be presented at the Twelfth Biennial Conference at Wayne State University in Detroit.
We are honored to list here the award winning writing from previous years: