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Jorie Graham Shortlisted for ASLE-UKI Book Prize 2021

Monday, 22 Nov 2021

Cover image of Runaway by Jorie Graham We are delighted to share the news that Jorie Graham has been shortlisted for the ASLE-UKI Book Prize 2021 with her most recent collection, Runaway, in the category for Best Work of Creative Writing in any form or genre with an ecological theme.

The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (UK and Ireland) was founded in 1998. Their aim is to represent and support scholars and writers in the UK, Republic of Ireland, and beyond who are interested in the environment and its expression in the cultural imagination. They provide a forum for ecocriticism, the environmental humanities, and cognate fields such as animal studies. Their members’ work explores the intricate relationships between human and nonhuman environments and creatures, today, in any historical period, and in a diverse range of cultural and geographical contexts. Motivated by a commitment to ecologically progressive practices and politics, above all, the Association seeks to foster a spirit of open dialogue and intellectual curiosity about how nature, environment, and animals exist in our lives.

The 2021 prize is the inauguration of the biennial ASLE-UKI book prizes. There are two categories: the best academic monograph in ecocriticism and the environmental humanities and the best work of creative writing in any form or genre with an ecological theme. The initial long list is drawn up from nominations received from members of ASLE-UKI, international affiliates and from publishers.


The winners will be announced in Autumn 2021 and each will receive a cash prize of £100.

Visit the ASLE-UKI website here to see the full shortlist.


Author photo of Jorie Graham A new collection of poetry from one of our most renowned contemporary poets, Pulitzer Prize winner Jorie Graham.

In her formidable and clairvoyant new collection, Runaway, Jorie Graham deepens her vision of our futurity. What of us will survive? Identity may be precarious, but perhaps love is not? Keeping pace with the desperate runaway of climate change, social disruption, our new mass migrations, she struggles to reimagine a habitable present - a now - in which we might endure, wary, undaunted, ever-inventive, 'counting silently towards infinity'. Graham's essential voice guides us fluently 'as we pass here now into the next-on world', what future we have surging powerfully through these pages, where the poet implores us 'to the last be human'.

Buy the book here.






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