Member News

New Entries Published in Searchable Sea Literature, Funded by ASLE Grant

One of the 2020 ASLE Subvention Grant projects is well underway to completion. This grant provides funding to support new reference entries on authors who have been underrepresented in blue ecocriticism at the Searchable Sea Literature site, notably female authors of the twentieth and twenty-first century, especially those that are Black, Indigenous, Asian, or Latinx. Searchable Sea Literature is an open access internet resource providing peer-reviewed biographies of North American Anglophone maritime authors, hundreds of individually searchable links to electronic texts ...

Recipient of ASLE Translation Grant Published: Chinese Women Writers on the Environment

Christy Tidwell

Chinese Women Writers on the Environment: A Multi-Ethnic Anthology of Fiction and Nonfiction, edited by Dong Isbister, Xiumei Pu, and Stephen D. Rachman (McFarland Books, 2020), was supported by an ASLE Translation Grant and has recently been published.

The stories, prose and poems in this anthology offer readers a unique and generous array of women’s experiences in China. In a world that is rapidly modernizing, these writings attempt to reconcile with the ever-changing people, plants, beasts and environment. After five years of painstaking collection ...

Arctic Environmental Humanities Seminar: Why We Should Develop Arctic Humanities

Arctic Environmental Humanities Seminar: Sverker Sörlin

You are invited to join the next online seminar in the Arctic Environmental Humanities Workshop series, co-convened by Michael Bravo (Cambridge University) and Adriana Craciun (Boston University). Professor Sverker Sörlin (KTH, Sweden) will speak on “Why we should develop Arctic Humanities” on Sept. 29, 2020 at 11am EDT (4pm UK, 5pm CET). Further details and registration for the zoom seminar are available via the Arctic Environmental Humanities Workshop website below. A recording of the first seminar in the ...

The Rights of Nature: A Global Movement (film)

Christy Tidwell

Directed by Issac Goeckeritz, María Valeria Berros, and Hal Crimmel. 2018. 

This film, shot in Ecuador, New Zealand, and the United States, explores how the legal system in the industrialized world tends to view nature as a resource from which wealth is extracted, a commodity whose only value is to provide for human needs. Yet indigenous communities have viewed themselves as part of nature, and as pressures on ecosystems mount and as conventional laws seem increasingly inadequate to address environmental degradation, communities, ...

Derek Sheffield Wins Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize

Congratulations to ASLE member Derek Sheffield, winner of the 2019 Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize (Established) for his collection Not for Luck. Selected by judge Mark Doty, Not for Luck will be published in 2021 by the MSU Press.

“In Not for Luck, Derek Sheffield achieves something of inestimable value: a trustworthy, convincing voice,” writes judge Mark Doty. “A voice, of course, is something we have, but getting it onto the page is another matter entirely. We don’t speak in the compressed mode of lyric poetry, even of a colloquial kind, ...

Scott Edward Anderson’s Dwelling: an ecopoem wins 2019 Nautilus Book Award

Christy Tidwell

Scott Edward Anderson’s Dwelling: an ecopoem has received a 2019 Nautilus Book Award! For over 20 years, the Nautilus Book Awards have celebrated “books that support conscious living & green values, high-level wellness, positive social change & social justice, and spiritual growth.”

A sequence of poems and prose questions, Dwelling: an ecopoem began as a conversation with Martin Heidegger’s essay “Building Dwelling Thinking” and became an expansive journey into the notion of home. With sharp focus, at once moving and lyric, Scott Edward Anderson explores the ...

Helena Feder awarded Mellon/ACLS Scholar & Society Grant (2019-2020)

Christy Tidwell

Helena Feder, Associate Professor of Literature and Environment at East Carolina University, was awarded a Mellon/ACLS Scholar & Society Grant for the academic year of 2019-2020. She has been in residence at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

The Mellon/ACLS Scholar & Society program “aims to amplify the broad potential of doctoral education in the humanities by supporting doctoral faculty as they pursue publicly engaged scholarship and advocate for diverse professional pathways for emerging PhDs.” More information about Dr. Feder’s project can be found ...

Deborah Fleming’s Resurrection of the Wild wins PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

Christy Tidwell

Resurrection of the Wild: Meditations on Ohio’s Natural Landscape (Kent State University Press, 2019) by ASLE member Deborah Fleming has won the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. From the judges’ citation:

In a field of writers eloquent about the pathologies of selfhood and modern life, Deborah Fleming’s Resurrection of the Wild stood apart. It is a collection of essays about the nature and natural history of her native Ohio: on its indigenous inhabitants and their fate; on the settlers who ...

Professor Azcuy Wins Prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Russia

Mary Kate Azcuy, D.Litt., associate professor and graduate program director in the Department of English, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Core Award. Azcuy will lecture on American literature and culture at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow, Russia this spring. Her project title is “Diverse American Identities.”

“I congratulate Dr. Azcuy on winning a prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award that supports the intellectual exchange between countries and connects our university to the international community and a global presence,” Monmouth ...

Blue Ecocriticism Lauded in the Journals ‘Science’ and ‘American Scholar’

Science, the nation’s premier science journal, and, American Scholar, one of the most prestigious humanities journals, have both published glowing reviews of Ahab’s Rolling Sea: A Natural History of Moby-Dick by ASLE member Richard King, a visiting associate professor at the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, MA. Ahab’s Rolling Sea, published this year in part to commemorate Herman Melville’s 200th birthday, is a work of blue ecocriticism that examines what the author and his contemporary whalemen and naturalists knew about the ocean ...