On a forest path the leaf litter – dead leaves which cushion our walk – lies as a trace of the fecundity of earth life, of death as compost for plant life, and as food and shelter for insect and microbial life. Leaf litter as floor covering for humans entering a forest forms the ‘roof’ of the world for many others.

What of writing as leaf litter?

Can teaching and research be a calling forth toward an environmental culture?

How can teaching, research and writing be part of a response to ecological crisis?

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A teacher,  researcher, poet and editor now living on Bunurong land in Melbourne, Australia,  after over twenty years living on Wurundjeri land, I am an adjunct research fellow in the Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Monash University, and an honorary research associate with the University of Divinity. My recent research focuses on ecological hermeneutics and the materiality of the text. I am also interested in ecological ethics and questions of cultural change for an ecologically sustainable way of being and living. You can find out more about my published research and poetry on this site.

Anne Elvey

Thank you to Matthew Elvey Price for the leaf litter banner.
Leaf litter banner © Matthew Elvey Price 2008

Acknowledging the Bunurong/Boon wurrung and Wurundjeri Peoples