ASLE News

Finalists Announced for 2019 ASLE Book Awards

Judges have announced the finalists for the 2019 ASLE Book Awards. These book awards in the areas of ecocriticism and environmental creative writing were established in 2007 and are given biennially to recognize excellence in the field.

Winners will be announced in early June, and the official presentation will be at the Authors’ Reception held during the 2019 ASLE Biennial Conference at the University of California, Davis, on June 27, 2019. Eligible submissions are books published by ASLE and international affiliate members since the ...

ASLE Translation Grant Winners 2019

The ASLE Translation Grants committee is delighted to report that we received a record number of submissions this year. Of the large array of excellent proposals to translate ecocritically relevant texts from all over the world, we selected five exceptional translation projects to fund. These include the following:

Chitra Sankaran

Chi P. Pham

Chi P. Pham and Chitra Sankaran, translating ten selected short Vietnamese stories from various authors. As the translators note: “For our project, which we have provisionally entitled Eco-Narratives from ...

ASLE Seeks Proposals for 2021 Conference Site

We are currently seeking a site for 2021!  Read more: Request for Proposals ASLE 2021.

The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment hosts a large international conference every other year. These are five-day gatherings, usually occurring in mid- to late June. Conference attendance has been growing steadily for the past decade. Recent conferences have included from 800-1200 participants from approximately 30 countries, and been hosted by such institutions as Wayne State University (2017), the University of Idaho (2015), the University of Kansas (2013), ...

In Memoriam: Mary Oliver, 1935–2019

In Memoriam: Mary Oliver, 1935–2019

By Mark C. Long, Keene State College

The poet Mary Oliver passed away on January 17, 2019. An honorary member of our association, Oliver published over thirty books of poetry and prose that brought the concerns of ASLE to more readers than any other poet of her generation.

Oliver published her first book, No Voyage and Other Poems, in 1963. Over the next fifty years, Oliver offered us new ways to think about the gift of human life and the fragile ...

RFP for 2019 ASLE Community Grant

We are soliciting proposals for projects that will help build connections between the environmental humanities and place-based environmental organizations working outside the academy.

The ASLE Community Grant is open to ASLE members who engage in collaborative projects with community-based organizations that will help build connections between the environmental humanities and place-based nonprofit environmental community organizations, and enhance the use of Environmental Humanities research, teaching, and publications in local programs and activities. The grants are intended to enhance environmental humanities involvement in the ongoing work ...

2019 Environmental Literature Institute at Phillips Exeter Academy

From Sunday, June 23 to Friday, June 28, 2019, Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire will host the fourth annual Exeter Environmental Literature Institute (ELI)—the only institute of its kind dedicated to the environmental humanities in secondary education. The week-long conference, offered in collaboration with ASLE, is designed to build and sustain a community of teachers working in the environmental humanities.

Environmental Literature Institute, 2018

ELI offers an opportunity for teachers to deepen their pedagogy in ways that will nurture the next ...

ASLE Grants: Translation Grant Call and New Award Cycle

After discussion and consideration on the difficulty of raising $12,000 per year to fund all three of our ASLE Grant Programs, the Executive Council has made the determination that ASLE will rotate the grants, giving only one each year in a three year cycle.

The funding levels have been changed as well, from $3,000 for Translation Grants, $4,000 for Subvention Grants, and $5,000 for Community Grants, to $5,000 for each type of grant.

The first grants awarded under this new cycle will be Translation Grants. ...

2019 Conference Call for Papers

The name of the conference was not drawn from any specific event, but from the long literary imagining of California as another world, as we hope the call for panels and papers have made clear. The title was intended to be metaphorical, and took on an unintended new meaning in light of the tragic November 2018 Camp Fire, which destroyed the town of Paradise CA. ASLE mourns for the loss of life, home and habitat in that fire, and will continue to take ...

Report on A Clockwork Green

Report on A Clockwork Green: Ecomedia in the Anthropocene, A Nearly Carbon-Neutral Virtual Symposium

By Christy Tidwell, Bridgitte Barclay, and Shannon Davies Mancus

This past summer, from June 14-30, the ecomedia working group hosted a digital conference sponsored by ASLE. A Clockwork Green: Ecomedia in the Anthropocene endeavored to be nearly carbon neutral and achieved this goal by hosting the symposium online in partnership with the University of California, Santa Barbara. A white paper put together by Ken Hiltner of UC Santa Barbara about the ...

Submissions Open for 2019 ASLE Book Awards

Submissions for the 2019 ASLE book awards in the areas of ecocriticism and environmental creative writing are now being accepted. Deadline to submit is January 7, 2019. The call for graduate student paper submissions, for papers to be presented at the 2019 conference, will follow this winter.

First given at 2007 Biennial Conference held at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the ASLE book and paper awards recognize excellence in the field. The most recent awards were presented at the 2017 conference held at Wayne ...