Member News

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 ...

Scott T. Starbuck’s Hawk on Wire Selected as a Montaigne Medal Finalist

Scott T. Starbuck’s book of climate change poems, Hawk on Wire, was selected from over 1,500 entries as a Montaigne Medal Finalist at Eric Hoffer Awards for “the most thought-provoking books.” The book, written at a PLAYA climate change residency, was also a July 2017 “Editor’s Pick” at along with The Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury, and was featured at Yale Climate Connections.  There is a 24-minute YouTube of his book launch sponsored by La Jolla Historical Society’s WEATHER ON STEROIDS EXHIBIT. In addition to being a poet, ...

Program Posted for SES-Japan Ecocriticism Studies Conference 2019

SES-Japan The 32nd Ecocriticism Studies Conference (2019)

Date and Time: August 10 (Saturday), 2019, 9:50 – 17:20

Venue: Satellite Campus Hiroshima(Hiroshima Prefectural Citizen’s Culture Center, 5th floor)

The program for the upcoming Ecocriticism Studies Conference organized by SES-Japan has been released:  SES-J 2019 English Summer Program

Contact:  The Office of SES-Japan (The Society for Ecocriticism Studies in Japan) [email protected]

ASLE Member Recieves Honorable Mention for MLA’s James Russell Lowell

ASLE member Susan Scott Parish, has received honorable mention for the Modern Language Association’s James Russell Lowell award for her work The Flood Year 1927: A Cultural History.

The James Russell Lowell Prize is one of eighteen awards presented on 5 January 2019, during the association’s annual convention,in Chicago. The selection committee members were Laura Schaefer Brown (Cornell Univ.), chair; Jay Clayton (Vanderbilt Univ.); Rita Felski (Univ. of Virginia); Sangeeta Ray (Univ. of Maryland, College Park); and Michael Rothberg (Univ. of California, Los Angeles).

The ...

In Memoriam: Susan Berry Brill de Ramirez

by Joni Adamson, Arizona State University

SUSAN BERRY BRILL DE RAMIREZ passed away on Monday, October 30, 2018. She was born on April 25, 1955, in Englewood, New Jersey, the daughter of Dorothy Ann Retallack Brill and Dr. Robert M. Brill.  She attended the University of Wisconsin (BA, English), University of Chicago (MA, English), University of Wisconsin (MBA, Management), and University of New Mexico (PhD, Literary Criticism and Theory).

Those who knew her will fondly remember meeting her at Western Literature (WLA), Association for the ...