ASLE News

Statement on EFSLE/FSLE in India and Disaffiliation

For over twenty-five years ASLE has supported the intellectual work of its members around the world. The formation of ASLE-Japan in 1994 signaled an international orientation that continues in our many active affiliates in countries around the world today. These sister organizations represent a wide range of institutions, fields and interests and connect with ASLE and one another to organize lectures, readings and conference panels and to collaborate on projects and initiatives.

ASLE values all these relationships and the dedication of those who nurture ...

ASLE 2019 Book Award Winners Announced

Judges have announced the winners for the 2019 ASLE Book Awards. These awards in the areas of ecocriticism and environmental creative writing were established in 2007 and are given biennially to recognize excellence in the field.

The official presentation will be held on June 27, 2019, at the Authors’ Reception during the 2019 ASLE Biennial Conference at the University of California, Davis. We received more than 70 creative submissions and 50 ecocritical submissions this year, by far the highest numbers ever.  Congratulations to our ...

Finalists Announced for 2019 ASLE Book Awards

Judges have announced the finalists for the 2019 ASLE Book Awards. These book awards in the areas of ecocriticism and environmental creative writing were established in 2007 and are given biennially to recognize excellence in the field.

Winners will be announced in early June, and the official presentation will be at the Authors’ Reception held during the 2019 ASLE Biennial Conference at the University of California, Davis, on June 27, 2019. Eligible submissions are books published by ASLE and international affiliate members since the ...

ASLE Translation Grant Winners 2019

The ASLE Translation Grants committee is delighted to report that we received a record number of submissions this year. Of the large array of excellent proposals to translate ecocritically relevant texts from all over the world, we selected five exceptional translation projects to fund. These include the following:

Chitra Sankaran

Chi P. Pham

Chi P. Pham and Chitra Sankaran, translating ten selected short Vietnamese stories from various authors. As the translators note: “For our project, which we have provisionally entitled Eco-Narratives from ...

ASLE Seeks Proposals for 2021 Conference Site

We are currently seeking a site for 2021!  Read more: Request for Proposals ASLE 2021.

The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment hosts a large international conference every other year. These are five-day gatherings, usually occurring in mid- to late June. Conference attendance has been growing steadily for the past decade. Recent conferences have included from 800-1200 participants from approximately 30 countries, and been hosted by such institutions as Wayne State University (2017), the University of Idaho (2015), the University of Kansas (2013), Indiana University (2011), University of Victoria (Canada, 2009), ...

In Memoriam: Mary Oliver, 1935–2019

In Memoriam: Mary Oliver, 1935–2019

By Mark C. Long, Keene State College

The poet Mary Oliver passed away on January 17, 2019. An honorary member of our association, Oliver published over thirty books of poetry and prose that brought the concerns of ASLE to more readers than any other poet of her generation.

Oliver published her first book, No Voyage and Other Poems, in 1963. Over the next fifty years, Oliver offered us new ways to think about the gift of human life and the fragile ...

RFP for 2019 ASLE Community Grant

We are soliciting proposals for projects that will help build connections between the environmental humanities and place-based environmental organizations working outside the academy.

The ASLE Community Grant is open to ASLE members who engage in collaborative projects with community-based organizations that will help build connections between the environmental humanities and place-based nonprofit environmental community organizations, and enhance the use of Environmental Humanities research, teaching, and publications in local programs and activities. The grants are intended to enhance environmental humanities involvement in the ongoing work ...

2019 Environmental Literature Institute at Phillips Exeter Academy

Tova Fleming

From Sunday, June 23 to Friday, June 28, 2019, Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire will host the fourth annual Exeter Environmental Literature Institute (ELI)—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 working in the environmental humanities.

Environmental Literature Institute, 2018

ELI offers an opportunity for teachers to deepen their pedagogy in ways that will nurture the next ...

ASLE Grants: Translation Grant Call and New Award Cycle

After discussion and consideration on the difficulty of raising $12,000 per year to fund all three of our ASLE Grant Programs, the Executive Council has made the determination that ASLE will rotate the grants, giving only one each year in a three year cycle.

The funding levels have been changed as well, from $3,000 for Translation Grants, $4,000 for Subvention Grants, and $5,000 for Community Grants, to $5,000 for each type of grant.

The first grants awarded under this new cycle will be Translation Grants. ...

2019 Conference Call for Papers

The name of the conference was not drawn from any specific event, but from the long literary imagining of California as another world, as we hope the call for panels and papers have made clear. The title was intended to be metaphorical, and took on an unintended new meaning in light of the tragic November 2018 Camp Fire, which destroyed the town of Paradise CA. ASLE mourns for the loss of life, home and habitat in that fire, and will continue to take ...

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