The Alan Miller Memorial Award for Writing on the Environment, created in honor of Western Kentucky University alumnus Alan Miller (1981-2010), will honor an eligible student in the English Department who has produced outstanding writing of any genre (scholarly and/or creative) that has a significant emphasis on the environment.
Alan graduated from WKU in 2005. In 2006 his essay “A Self, Out of the Wild: Wilderness in the Works of Robert Penn Warren” won a national award and was published in rWp: An Annual of Robert Penn Warren Studies.
This award will ensure that writing on the environment will be honored at Western Kentucky University, and it will keep alive the memory of Alan and his outstanding contributions to WKU.
Submissions may include, but are not limited to, a scholarly and/or creative work that:
- Emphasizes environmental issues
- Supports agrarianism—promoting rural societies, the support of agricultural groups, and the
significance of the farmer
- Addresses the current state of the environment and how it can be improved, be it locally, nationally,
- Discusses the debate between conservation and spirituality of the human/non-human world
- Offers a criticism of pro-industrial development versus destruction of nature
- Discusses strategies in maintaining environmental sustainability
- Exposes the presence of human beings and their role/impact in nature
The winner of this award will receive $200.
DEADLINE: April 19, 2013. Leave submissions in Cherry Hall 135.