Seeking Contributors to Launch EcoCast: The Official ASLE Podcast

ASLE is seeking both co-hosts and interview participants for a new podcast, please see the calls below:


The Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) is currently accepting applications for a co-host on the in-development podcast series, EcoCast. The podcast will be a place for scholars, educators, and creators doing work related to ecocriticism, environmental and social justice, service learning, and any other topic that falls under the purview of ASLE’s vision.

The role of the co-host will be to help the ...

Environmental Literature Institute (ELI) 2020 Canceled

Poetic fieldwork at the Exeter River with Alison Hawthorne Deming, 2019

Update: Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, organizers have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 institute.

The Environmental Literature Institute (ELI), was to have been held June 21-June 26, 2020 at Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter NH.


ELI aims to cultivate a community of educators interested in environmentally-focused teaching and learning. The workshops, speakers, and events of this week-long institute will offer ideas and materials to help participants enrich their teaching as ...

Call for Submissions: ASLE 2020 Subvention and Translation Grants

At the 2019 officers meeting, the leadership discussed changes to our grants programs.  As submissions to the Community Grants have been sparse, and the submissions to the Conference Travel Awards have grown immensely, it indicates a need to support our contingent, student, and international members more robustly through travel funding. Therefore, the EC voted to amend these programs in the following ways:

In conference years, ASLE will increase our allocation from $5,000 to $10,000 for conference travel; in off-conference years, ASLE will accept both ...

ASLE 2021 Conference Announcement

USACE Fremont Bridge Portland and cityscape, Oregon. Photo by Bob Heims.

We are happy to announce the location of our next ASLE conference will be the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) in beautiful Portland, Oregon. The conference is scheduled for July 6-9, 2021.

The OCC is an LEED Platinum Certified Facility and a pioneer in creating a space for green and sustainable meetings. Their commitments include energy reduction and solar power utilization, landfill waste minimization and recycling, watershed stewardship, air quality, supply chain carbon ...

ASLE Elects and Appoints New Officers

It is with great pleasure that ASLE welcomes the following people to our leadership:

Laura Barbas-Rhoden

Bethany Wiggin


Laura Barbas-Rhoden and Bethany Wiggin have been elected to serve as Co-Presidents starting January 1, 2020. Laura has been serving as ASLE’s Diversity Co-Officer for the past three years, and is Professor of Spanish at Wofford College. She’s the author of Ecological Imaginations in Latin American Fiction. Bethany is the Founding Director of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities and Associate Professor of German ...

In Memoriam: Dr. Annette Kolodny, 1941-2019

By Amy Hamilton, Northern Michigan University

Dr. Annette Kolodny, a leading voice in Early American literary studies and a founding ecofeminist scholar, died on September 11, 2019 at her home in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Kolodny’s work has inspired countless ASLE members, and she was also a friend, teacher, and mentor to many of us in the field. Her loss will be deeply felt.

She received her BA from Brooklyn College, CUNY in 1962, and her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 1969. In ...

In Memoriam: Richard K. Nelson (1941-2019)

By Scott Slovic, University of Idaho, ISLE Editor

Richard K. Nelson, known to his many friends in community of environmental writers as “Nels,” died on November 4, 2019, having asked that he spend his final minutes, after being taken off of life support, listening to the recorded sound of ravens. For those familiar with Nels’s life and work, such a request was fully in keeping with his tremendous passion for the natural world, especially for animals, and most especially for ravens and other animals ...

ASLE Invites Submissions for New Teaching Resources Database

To assist educators concerned about questions of environment, sustainability, climate, and justice, we have recently created the ASLE Teaching Resources Database.  We are seeking contributions of all types of pedagogical materials, including syllabi, major course assignments, in-class exercises, service learning projects, etc., in PDF format.

The Teaching Resources Database is designed as a hub for sharing teaching materials related to the environmental humanities and learning from the teaching of others. The Database is searchable, open-access, and crowdsourced. It is designed to collect and make ...

ASLE Seeks Candidates for Elected and Appointed Leadership Positions

As a small nonprofit organization, ASLE relies on the participation of our members in the governing and operations of our association. Serving on our leadership team gives you an opportunity to give back to the organization, and to help shape our future direction and mission.

Elected Positions

ASLE will be holding elections this fall for President, two open Executive Council seats (one designated for the Contingent/Independent Advocacy representative), Diversity Officer, and Graduate Student Liaison (junior). Online voting will be conducted during the month of November.

If you ...

Call for Proposals: Organize an ASLE Virtual Off-Year Symposium for 2020

ASLE seeks proposals to organize and “host” a virtual conference in 2020, similar to our first Nearly Carbon Neutral off-Year Symposium in 2018, entitled A Clockwork Green: Ecomedia in the Anthropocene.  We are open to any thematic ideas that will encompass current trends in the environmental humanities.

We realize that an online-only symposium is a different animal than planning a traditional conference. Last year’s event was a collaboration between ASLE, which provided funding for keynote speakers, publicity, and processed registrations, and UC Santa Barbara, ...