Poetry and the Global Climate Crisis: Creative Approaches to Complex Challenges

deadline for submissions: 
November 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Amatoritsro Ede/ Mount Allison University
contact email: 

Our previous books, Poetry and Pedagogy across the Lifespan (2018) and Poetry and Sustainability in Education (forthcoming 2021/22), explore poetry’s crucial role in educating learners of all age groups to meet the challenges faced as we navigate current and future crises. While both of these volumes provide theoretical approaches and applicable tools and methods for teaching poetry in numerous contexts, the essays are heavily weighted towards European/North American poets and/or Western educational institutions. This new volume seeks to invite perspectives from around the globe, centering on comparativist or non-Western paradigms and practices. However, like the previous books, the new volume will include essays that address both theoretical and applied approaches to how poetry can help address complex challenges in the context of global climate change.


Poetry as a genre is uniquely situated to facilitate creative solutions to climate change and its causes. Approaches to poetry based on “national” traditions must be re-imagined if we are to address the problems we share.  This volume thus asks contributors to bring multiple knowledges and experiences to bear, exploring how poetry can be taught, read, and employed in ways that foreground sustainability:  what counts as “nature”? What might “sustainability” look like in diverse cultural contexts? How are communities of poets across the globe registering the cultural effects of climate change? How can poetic thinking augment or change the scientistic mindsets and instrumental paradigms that risk perpetuating rather than solving climate challenges? This volume welcomes essays on any form of poetry whether written, oral, digital, or other. Co-authored essays are welcome.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching and learning Indigenous poetic responses to climate change
  • Teaching and learning the poetry of climate migration(s)
  • Poetry and the gender dynamics of sustainability  
  • Global ecopoetry/environmental poetics/animal poetry
  • Decolonizing sustainability discourses through/with poetry
  • Teaching and learning sustainable poetries from/in/of the so-called “Global South”
  • Post-anthropocentric perspectives on poetry
  • Pedagogical approaches to poetry that seek to dismantle globally unsustainable ideologies
  • Poetry and the politics of global capitalism
  • Children’s poetry and sustainability


Theoretical lenses may include, but are not limited to:

  • Animal studies
  • Ecocriticism
  • Ecofeminism
  • Ecosophy
  • Indigenous studies
  • Postcolonialism
  • Posthumanism
  • Children’s or lifespan studies


Though the language of this volume will be English, contributors are welcome to examine poetry in any language if translations are provided. All permissions to reprint poems must be secured by the author; because of copyright restrictions, we discourage quoting poems in the full. Our main guideline in order to stay within fair use practices is to quote no more than three or four consecutive lines at a time, unless the poem it is indisputably in the public domain.



The editors will read and select abstracts (300-500 words) until October 15, 2021.

Full essays (6000-8000 words) will be read between November 15, 2021, and April 30, 2022. Essays that meet our standards by the April 30th deadline will be included in a book manuscript to be submitted for peer review for potential inclusion in Routledge’s Environmental Humanities series.


Please do not submit an abstract if you cannot realistically submit a full essay by the April 30, 2022, deadline as this will delay the production of the volume. Authors whose essays are accepted will have a chance to revise their works post-submission.


Send abstracts or questions about the volume to the editors:

Professor Amatoritsero Ede, aede@mta.ca

Professor Sandra L Kleppe, sandra.kleppe@inn.no

Professor Angela Sorby, angela.sorby@marquette.edu