Member News

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 ...

ASLE Members Participate in Forum on Chinese Leisure Philosophy and Soma-esthetics

The 4thForum on Chinese Leisure Philosophy and Soma-esthetics Opened in Jiangxi Province

The 4th Forum on Leisure Philosophy and Soma-esthetics was held In Bailudong (White Deer Cave) Academy in Jiujiang, Jiangxi Province on July 23-25, 2018. This conference was co-sponsored by Asian-Pacific Leisure Education Research Center of Zhejiang University, Soma-esthetics Research Institute of Shenzhen University, School of Literature and Media of Jiujiang College and Central-China Leisure Culture Research Center of Hubei Polytechnic College. Over 40 Participants attended the conference, among whom are prominent Chinese ...

SES-J 31st Ecocriticism Studies Conference

The 31st Ecocriticism Studies Conference of the Society for Ecocriticism Studies in Japan (SES-J), an ASLE Professional Affiliate, was held August 11 2018. The conference took place at Ehime University in Matsuyama, Japan.  Shoko Itoh, ASLE Honorary Member and President of SES-J, gave the opening remarks for the day of presentations, workshops and meetings.

See the full conference program: 2018 SES-J Program


Nautilus Silver Award Winner 2017


The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir: A Writer’s Companion, by Jennifer Browdy, has been selected as a Nautilus Silver Award winner for 2017. The book, which offers prompts and guidance in the creative process of memoir writing, is also the basis for Jennifer’s online course in purposeful memoir.


Jennifer, a professor of comparative literature and media studies at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, is also the author of an environmental memoir, What I Forgot…And Why I Remembered, which was one of six ...

Novelist JoeAnn Hart Presenting at the International Literature Festival Berlin 2017

JoeAnn Hart is honored to be taking part in the International Literature Festival Berlin 2017 which takes place at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele in Berlin, Germany from September 6th through the 16, 2017. On Monday, September 11th at 6 p.m. JoeAnn will be presenting her novel Float, followed by a discussion of the work.

Later the same evening, at 7:30 p.m., as part of Science Year 2016/17, which this year centers around Seas and Oceans, JoeAnn will participate in “Reading the Currents. Shifting ...

In Memoriam: Nat Hart

Nat Hart was a longtime ASLE member, and he will be greatly missed by our community.

Obituary from the Morris Sun Tribune:

Nathaniel Hart, professor emeritus and early faculty member at the University of Minnesota, Morris died peacefully on January 16 at West Wind Village, Morris, Minnesota. Born March 4, 1930, he was 86.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, to David and Ruth Hart, Nathaniel centered his life on his love of English literature and in service to the principles of the academy. In 1952, he ...