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 ...

A Statement of Support for the Water Protectors at Standing Rock

*This article and statement were updated Feb. 15 to reflect the signatures collected from ASLE members who also wished to sign this statement

The leadership of ASLE has composed a statement in support of the water protectors at Standing Rock.  This statement is not a policy or position statement voted on by the membership of ASLE, and the officers are signing as individuals who are affiliated with ASLE.  ASLE members who have signed on are also signing as individuals.

Native American tribes, led by the ...

Heart of the Gila: Off-Year Symposium Report

Approximately 50 people gathered from June 8-11, 2016 at Western New Mexico University, Silver City, NM, for the ASLE off-year symposium “The Heart of the Gila: Wilderness and Water in the West.” Silver City is located in southwestern New Mexico at 6,000 feet elevation, and it is the gateway to the Gila National Wilderness Area, the United States’ first wilderness area.

A letter to participants from the WMNU president spoke to the issues at hand: “Water is the most crucial element of life. How ...

ASLE is Fundraising to Continue Grants Programs

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“Translating a book is a labor of love,” says Michael Berman of the University of California, San Diego. “Unfortunately, love alone doesn’t pay the bills.” Love and necessity–that’s what it comes down to for the recipients of ASLE grants. To open new worlds for students, one must have resources. To honor the work of activists, to beat the ticking clock of tenure, there must be support from the community. We need to raise at least $12,000 to fund the grants ...

New Advocacy Policy Approved by EC

The Executive Council has passed a new Advocacy Policy that enables us to engage publicly with issues of concern to the organization and the membership.

Under the new policy:

The Executive Council is permitted to endorse publicly a policy or statement related to ASLE’s central concerns, such as environmental justice, literary and cultural studies, environmental education, and so on.

Members in good standing may propose that ASLE endorse a stance on academic issues of concern, especially those related to tenure, shared governance, and academic freedom. The Executive ...

Faculty Guide for Undergraduate Student Engagement

The ASLE Executive Council’s Undergraduate Task Force has been considering the best and most helpful ways to encourage undergraduate participation in various facets of ASLE.  They have composed a document that details best practices for, among other things, bringing undergraduates to the ASLE 2017 Biennial Conference in Detroit next year.  This document is posted to the Undergraduate Students page on the ASLE website, and can be downloaded directly: ASLE Guide to Faculty Undergraduate Engagement.

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