Reference & blogs

ALECC: The Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada / Association pour la littérature, l’environnement et la culture au Canada (ALECC) is an organization for the creation, appreciation, discussion, analysis, and dissemination of knowledge about the work of nature writers, environmental writers and journalists, eco-artists of all disciplines, ecocritics, and ecotheorists in Canada.

Artists & Climate Change: An initiative of The Arctic Cycle, this organization feels like the go-to place to find a wealth of information about all artists and climate change. They also have a literature section and are rerunning Dragonfly’s spotlights in their Wild Authors series.

ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment): A dynamic community of teachers, writers, students, artists and environmentalists interested in the natural world and its meanings and representations in language and culture.

Cambridge Ecofiction Bookgroup: The bookgroup is an initiative of the Modern and Medieval Languages Faculty Library and the English Faculty Library at Cambridge University. It launched in November 2018 as part of the activities of the University Library & Affiliates Green Libraries Group.

The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts: The CSPA views sustainability as the intersection of environmental balance, social equity, economic stability and a strengthened cultural infrastructure. Seeing itself as evolved out of the principles of the 1987 Brundtland Report and 1992 Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit, the CSPA aligns itself with the policies of Agenda 21 for Culture as a resource to artists and art organizations.

Climate Fiction Writers League: An international league of writers of climate/eco-fiction around the world.

EASLCE (European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and the Environment): Part of a worldwide network of affiliated organizations that brings together scholars, artists, and activists with an interest in the study of the interrelationship between nature and human cultures, aiming to foster the dialogue on environmental issues across cultural and disciplinary boundaries.

Eco-Fiction by Lebanese Students: Greenline publication that helps promote environmental awareness and document environmental threats.

Ecofiction by Ashland Creek Press: Ecofiction is fiction with a conscience. Also known as eco-literature, these books range from mysteries to thrillers, yet they all share strong environmental themes.

Ecofictology by Lovis Geier. The study of ecofiction, where ecology and fiction meet to create something beautiful. New conversations every Wednesday!

EcoLit Books is an independent blog devoted to books—fiction and nonfiction—with environmental themes.

Ecosahara: Journal of African Literature and the Environment:  EcoSahara: Journal of African Literature and the Environment is a peer-reviewed scholarly publication of the Africa Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and the Environment (AASLCE).

Eko Stories: I was thrilled to meet Isaac Yuen recently at a panel on climate change and storytelling at the West Vancouver Memorial Library. We had already followed each other on Twitter, so it was nice to put a face to a Twitter name. Eko Stories contains Isaac’s essays connecting nature, culture, and self.

Environmental Book Club: Blog by author Gail Gauthier, focusing on writing and children’s books.

Environmental Themes in Ecofiction: Scholarly study that interprets the human/nature relationships in two recently published novels: Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver and In the Center of the Nation by Dan O ‘Brien.

International League of Conservation Writers: Forum to bring writers together from around the world who are writing to promote wilderness, nature, conservation, or using other means to protect and restore the natural areas, habitats, animals, and plants of our planet.

Free Range Writers: Run by award-winning authors of environmental mysteries, this is a great resource for finding novels in the same genre.

Jeff VanderMeer: Called “The Weird Thoreau” by the New Yorker, this is Jeff’s blog with interesting ideas on ecological writing, climate change, writing, and reading.

Jessica Groenendijk’s Words from the Wild: Jessica is a Dutch biologist turned conservationist and aspiring novelist. She was born in Colombia, and has lived in Burkina Faso, Holland, Tanzania and England, among other places. By writing stories of land- and seascapes and of their people and wildlife, she hopes to help re-build our connection with, and empathy for, nature.

M. Haynes: Where Ratchedemics do black speculative fiction. On this Eco-Fiction plate, we’ll offer excerpts from or reviews of or links to stories that might inspire readers to more eco-centric views and stronger actions for the natural world. We hope thereby to inspire a growing genre of books, articles, movies, and music that makes other life-forms equal partners in the evolutionary dance.

The 19th Century Greens: From BBC Radio, Professor James Woudhuysen ponders what 19th-century Romantic poets like Wordsworth would make of modern Greens. From July 2008.

Where the Wild Books Are: A guide to eco-fiction by Jim Dwyer: offers an overview of nearly 2,000 works of nature-oriented fiction. The author includes a discussion of the precursors and history of the genre, and of its expansion since the 1970s.

Writers Rebel/Extinction Rebellion: Writers who are part of the Extinction Rebellion have a few podcasts on eco-writing.

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