MHC professor’s book garners another award

The Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment called Lauret Savoy’s latest book “an important book that speaks directly and memorably to current political and theoretical concerns.”

By Xiomara Núñez ’20

The interconnectedness of natural and cultural histories is the focus of Lauret Savoy’s latest book, “Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape.”

Savoy, who is the David B. Truman Professor of Environmental Studies at Mount Holyoke College, recently won the 2017 Creative Writing Award from the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.

The award recognizes excellence in the fields of ecocriticism and environmental creative writing. Savoy’s book earned the accolade for her connections between personal and cultural memory and human and geologic history.

The judges commended Savoy’s book, calling it, “an impeccably researched and gracefully written meditation on landscape, memory, and race.”

This award was only the latest in honors for Savoy’s book, which has won the 2016 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, was a finalist for the 2016 PEN American Open Book and the Phillis Wheatley Book awards, and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing and the Orion Book Award.

Earlier this year, Savoy was awarded a prestigious Andrew Carnegie Fellowship to expand her research into the racialized history of humanity through the geological and physical traces it has left on the earth.