Welcome to New Officers

It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of our recent elections:

Stacy Alaimo and Jeffrey Jerome Cohen will serve as co-presidents, Andrea Knutson and Julietta Singh will be the new members of the Executive Council, and Kristin George Bagdanov will be the (junior) Graduate Student Liaison.  All terms begin on January 1, 2018.

Stacy Alaimo is Professor of English at the University of Texas, Arlington. She is a founding member of the MLA Forum on Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities and served as its first chair. Alaimo was a co-founder of the cross-disciplinary minor ...

ASLE Welcomes Two New International Affiliates

We are delighted to announce that two new international environmental humanities groups have recently taken shape in Pakistan and India. Read more about their missions and activities below:


Though there is a Ministry of Climate Change and an Environmental Protection Agency in Pakistan along with numerous other nongovernmental organizations also working for environmental welfare in Pakistan, there exists no central forum at the grassroots level which specifically engages the academia, researchers, and creative writers in raising critical awareness regarding environmental ...

ASLE 2017 Conference Reports

There were many activities on the 2017 ASLE Conference program in addition to concurrent sessions, and a number of interest groups met during the week in Detroit. Descriptions of a few of these, and summary reports we have received so far, are compiled for those who could not attend the conference or these particular events.  Additional reports will be added as they are received.

Articulate Detroit: Visualizing Environments with Augmented Reality is a project that uses mobile technology to create an interactive walking tour of sites on Woodward Avenue. This ...

Applications for 2017 ASLE Grants Now Open

In 2014, ASLE launched a three year pilot program to offer members of the association support through modest grants. Our funding ran out at the end of 2016, but we have identified emergency funding through small donations and conference revenues to keep these programs active for 2017. Applications grants are now being accepted, the deadline is December 31, 2017.

ASLE Subvention Grants support innovative projects in ecocriticism and the environmental humanities. We are especially interested in projects of a scholarly and/or creative nature that engage ...

Statement Regarding Charlottesville, August 2017

Statement from ASLE Leaders on Charlottesville

The following statement was issued by the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) Co-Presidents Christoph Irmscher and Anthony Lioi, Vice President Nicole Seymour, and Managing Director Amy McIntyre following the events in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend.

August, 2017

As officers of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, we condemn the white supremacist terrorism of August 11th and 12th in Charlottesville, Virginia. The neo-Nazis responsible are driven by a blood-and-soil ideology that identifies a ...

ASLE Announces 2017 Writing Award Winners

Updated August 2017

ASLE is very excited to announce the winners of the 2017 ASLE Book and Paper Awards. The awards, in the areas of ecocriticism and environmental creative writing, recognize excellence in the field. The official presentation of certificates and $500 cash prizes for books, and $100 for graduate student papers, was made during the Authors’ Reception at the 2017 ASLE Biennial Conference at Wayne State University in Detroit, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

Creative Book Award Winner:

Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American ...

2017 ASLE Book Award Finalists Announced

Judges have announced the finalists for the 2017 ASLE Book Awards. The ASLE book awards in the areas of ecocriticism and environmental creative writing recognize excellence in the field.

Winners will be announced in early June, and the official presentation will be at the Twelfth ASLE Biennial Conference, to be held at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, from June 20-24, 2017. Eligible submissions were books published by ASLE and affiliate members since the last awards cycle (2015-2016).  Congratulations to our short-listed authors:


ASLE Creative ...

In Memoriam: John Felstiner

John Felstiner, Stanford Professor and poetry scholar, dies at age 80

It is with great sadness that we share the news that longtime ASLE member Louis John Felstiner, Jr., died on February 24, 2017 at the age of eighty. Professor Felstiner was a translator, literary critic, teacher, poet, and ardent environmentalist. He is survived by Mary Lowenthal Felstiner, his wife of over fifty years, their two children, Sarah and Alek, and two grandchildren, Brayden and Asa.

Professor Felstiner was born in Mount Vernon, New York, ...

“Be like water, my friend”: Reflections from the 2016 ASLE Graduate Symposium

By Mika Kennedy, PhD candidate in English, University of Michigan

As are so many stories of the environment (and those who study it), this one is about tributaries, and the rivers they build.

In 2015, my colleague Mary Renda and I and our graduate workshop, The Border Collective, put together a panel for ASLE’s 2015 Biennial Conference in Moscow, Idaho. We hadn’t even touched back down in Michigan before we pitched each other a wild idea: What if we hosted an off-year symposium specifically geared ...

2017 Environmental Literature Institute at Phillips Exeter Academy

From Sunday, June 25 to Friday, June 30, 2017, Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire will host the second annual Exeter Environmental Literature Institute—the only institute of its kind dedicated solely to secondary school environmental humanities teachers. The week-long conference, offered in collaboration with ASLE, is designed to build and sustain a community of secondary teachers working in the environmental humanities.

The event is an extraordinary opportunity for teachers to deepen students’ experience in their courses in ways that will nurture the next generation ...