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Plenary Speakers

(in alphabetical order)

Jeannette Armstrong of the Okanagan First Nation, Penticton Indian Band, is Executive Director of the En'Owkin Centre, an Indigenous cultural, educational, and creative arts institution, which offers post-secondary transfer diplomas and certificate programs. A writer, teacher, artist, sculptor, and activist, she is the author of the novels Slash and Whispering in Shadows, as well as poems, short stories, and children's books. The recipient of a Buffet Award for Indigenous Leadership, Armstrong is the grand-niece of Mourning Dove (1888-1936), also known as Hum-Ishu-Ma and Christine Quintasket, who is considered the first Native American women novelist for her work Cogewea, the Half-Blood.

H. Emerson Blake is is Executive Director of The Orion Society and Editor-in-Chief of Orion. Chip has been with Orion since 1992, when he was hired as an Associate Editor. He served as the magazine's Managing Editor from 1993 until 2003, when he was named Editor-in-Chief of Milkweed Editions, a nonprofit book publisher based in Minneapolis. In 2005 he returned to his current position at Orion. Chip has been the editor of hundreds of magazine articles, as well as many books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Work he has edited has been nominated for or won many awards, including the National Magazine Award, the Pushcart Prize, the PEN Literary Award, the John Oakes Award in Environmental Journalism, the Minnesota Book Award, the Oregon Book Award, and The New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Chip also serves as a panelist for several literary awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts.

Greg Garrard is a Senior Teaching Fellow at Bath Spa University and the author of Ecocriticism (part of Routledge's "New Critical Idiom" series), as well as articles on ecocriticism, the Romantics, and the pastoral. He is the recipient of a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy and a Bath Spa University Teaching Fellowship and is currently Chair of ASLE-UK. Garrard received his Ph.D. from the University of Liverpool, where he studied with Jonathan Bate and Terry Eagleton. His appearance at ASLE 2009 is being supported by his appointment as a Lansdowne Visitor at the University of Victoria.

Karsten Heuer is a University of Calgary-trained wildlife biologist who also works as a seasonal park warden in Canadian national parks. In 1998 and 1999, he hiked 3,400 km to promote the Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) conservation initiative, which he chronicled in Walking the Big Wild. In 2003, he and his wife (the filmmaker Leanne Allison) migrated on foot for five months with the 123,000-member Porcupine Caribou Herd to publicize the herd's reliance on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for its calving grounds. Their journey resulted in the award-winning film Being Caribou, as well as Heuer's book of the same name. Most recently, Heuer and Allison spent another five months (along with their toddler, Zev!) paddling, walking, and sailing across Canada to visit Farley Mowat, and they are currently working on a film and book documenting their trip. Heuer is the recipient of the Wilburforce Conservation Leadership Award, the Outdoor National Book Award, and the Banff Mountain Book Festival's Grand Prize.

Kla-kisht-ke-is, Chief Simon Lucas, a leader of British Columbia's Hesquiaht First Nation on the west coast of Vancouver Island, has served as Coastal Co-chair of the B.C. Aboriginal Fisheries Commission and Executive Board Member of the Aboriginal Council of B.C. Declared an "elder" at age 40, Chief Lucas has been a tireless advocate for conservation and aboriginal rights and has played a leading role integrating First Nations' knowledge and values into emerging modern ecosystem science. He is also a strong supporter of higher learning opportunities for aboriginal students. Chief Lucas is the recipient of the 2003 National Aboriginal Achievement Award and an honorary degree from the University of British Columbia.

Catriona (Cate) Mortimer-Sandilands is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies and Canada Research Chair in Sustainability and Culture at York University. She is the author of The Good-Natured Feminist: Ecofeminism and the Quest for Democracy, as well as a number of articles on gender, sexuality, nation, and place. Her current research projects include a history of Canada's national parks and an exploration of histories of lesbian "nature" writing. In 2007, she organized the conference "Nature Matters: Materiality and the More-Than-Human in Cultural Studies of the Environment."

Ruth Ozeki is a Japanese-American filmmaker and novelist, whose first novel, My Year of Meats, won the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Award, the Imus/Barnes and Noble American Book Award, and a Special Jury Prize of the World Cookbook Awards in Versailles. Her second novel, All Over Creation, was a New York Times Notable Book and the recipient of an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and the Willa Literary Award for Contemporary Fiction. Her film Body of Correspondence won the New Visions Award at the San Francisco Film Festival and was aired on PBS, and Halving the Bones has been screened at the Sundance Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art, the Montreal World Film Festival, and the Margaret Mead Film Festival, among others. The daughter of anthropologist Floyd Lounsbury, Ozeki was educated at Smith College and Nara University in Japan. She currently divides her time between New York City, where she serves on the board of Women Make Movies, and British Columbia, where she writes, knits socks, and raises exotic Chinese chickens with her husband, artist Oliver Kellhammer.

Richard B. Primack is a Professor of Biology at Boston University and the author of the widely used textbook Essentials of Conservation Biology, now in its fourth edition. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biological Conservation, a Past-President of the Association for Tropical Biology, and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Putnam Fellowship at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. His recent work on climate change in Thoreau's Concord has been featured in Smithsonian, National Wildlife, the Christian Science Monitor, and other prominent publications.

Andrew C. Revkin is the environment reporter for The New York Times, where he has written widely on such subjects as the assault on the Amazon, Hurricane Katrina, and the science and politics of climate change. His articles have won many journalism awards, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award and an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. Before joining The Times in 1995, Revkin was a senior editor of Discover, a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, and a senior writer at Science Digest. He has a biology degree from Brown University and a Master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, and he has taught environmental reporting at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of The Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest and, most recently, the children's book The North Pole Was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World. His blog, "Dot Earth," has quickly become a "must read" source of online environmental news.

Amy Seidl is associate director of LivingFuture Foundation in Huntington, Vermont, where she oversees research and programs in the science of sustainability. Her background is in ecology and social change, and her research interests include climate change biology, permaculture, and renewable energy technologies. She has taught in the environmental studies programs at the University of Vermont and Middlebury College, where she is currently a research scholar, and her forthcoming book, Early Spring: An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World, is an examination of global warming and its effect on our sense of landscape, time, and season.

Daniel Slager is the Publisher and CEO of Milkweed Editions. Prior to joining Milkweed as Editor-in-Chief in 2005, Slager was an Editor at Harcourt Trade Publishers in New York. Prior to joining Harcourt, he was the Associate Editor of Grand Street, a leading quarterly magazine of literature and fine arts. He is also a widely published translator from the German. Slager serves on the Board of Directors for the Ledig House International Writers' Colony and on the Advisory Board for Archipelago Books, a nonprofit, independent publisher in New York. He lives with his wife and two sons in Minneapolis.

Rita Wong is Assistant Professor in Critical and Cultural Studies at Emily Carr University in Vancouver. Her work investigates the relationships between decolonization, social justice, ecology, and contemporary poetics. A recipient of the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop Emerging Writer Award, she is the author of two books of poetry: monkeypuzzle and forage (winner of the 2008 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize). Wong's poems and essays have appeared in a wide variety of anthologies and magazines.

Jan Zwicky is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Victoria. She is the author of Wisdom and Metaphor (shortlisted for the 2004 Governor General's Award for Nonfiction), Lyric Philosophy, and four collections of poetry, including Songs for Relinquishing the Earth (winner of the 1999 Governor General's Award for Poetry) and Robinson's Crossing (winner of the 2004 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize). Her interests include the history of ideas, metaphilosophy, ancient Greek philosophy and interdisciplinary work in the humanities.


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