At first, writing was just a tedious means to an adventurous end wrapped in the respectability of entrepreneurial enterprise. Later, I became far more interested in the everyday beauty and extraordinary diversity of the southern mountains than in making or writing about miles. The more I learned, the more I wanted to share my knowledge. After my first book, I included a nature notes...
ROBERTA: Authors sometimes dream that a current event will dovetail with their book's launch and bring it to prominence. This is not the case for Susan Cerulean, the co-editor of Unspoiled: Writers Speak for Florida's Coast, a collection of thirty-six essays and poems contributed by writers including Connie May Fowler, Janisse Ray and many others. For Cerulean and her co-authors, the BP oil disaster on April 20 occurred just as...
Call for Papers: The Work of Wendell Berry
June 10, 2014 deadline for invited session "The Work of Wendell Berry"
Association for the Study of Literature & the Environment Panel at 2014 SAMLA Convention, 7-9 November, 2014, Atlanta Marriot Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center, Atlanta, Georgia
The theme for this year's South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference is Sustainability and the Humanities, and Wendell Berry, environmental activist, farmer, and writer of more than forty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, will be a featured speaker at this 86th annual SAMLA meeting. From his farm in Henry County, Kentucky, Berry has become a national spokesman for agricultural, ecological, and economic sustainability. His work highlights the role of the humanities in shaping people's thinking about living in harmony with the natural world, responding to their particular place, and treating other humans, animals, plants, and the land itself ethically. The occasion of his speaking at SAMLA marks an excellent opportunity for ASLE to further explore as well as to honor his contributions to our understanding of the natural world and our obligations to it.
This session invites papers on any aspect...
Who We Are
To be fully human is to be engaged with our natural surroundings. The Southern Nature Project is founded on the conviction that writing, like the kinds gathered here, can help us lead more human, profound, and courageous lives, thereby conserving our southern environment for generations yet to come.