ASLE successes

I just returned from the major conference in my field, The Association for Literature and the Environment, where I presented on tiny house rhetoric and philosophies. (You can find the conference specifics here). I am happy to report the paper was so well received that not only did I field enthusiastic questions of interest and support, I was also asked to speak at the 2014 Sustainability Symposium at Concordia College in MN. I must say, I was very much encouraged by people’s responses. As my paper was a critique of some of the problematic and privileged romantic rhetoric surrounding the tiny house movement, I was nervous that the critique would come off as non-constructive criticism. In fact, it was just the opposite. The talk roused interest as well as very productive discussion on some of the unique potential in the movement, and how the movement might be developing. It was also wonderful to spend quality time with the many, many University of Oregon faculty, alum and current grad students that make up such a vibrant part of the ASLE community. Proof: (and this is only SOME of us) 945422_10101294974417810_1297262455_n

(Photo credit: Ashley Elaine Reis)

I mentioned that I would post the paper here, but for the sake of publication trickiness, I won’t be putting it up in its entirety. However, if you would like to read a .pdf of the talk, feel free to email me and I will send it on.

Update: a longer version of the talk was published in a volume on sustainable cities. You can find it here.

In the meantime, one of the most interesting histories I ran across in my research was the very old tradition of housetrucks- here are some GREAT photos:

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These date from 1924, ’26, ’64, and roughly 1980 (from left to right, top to bottom) Also, in a week or so I plan on posting notes from some of the most compelling talks I attended – smart people sharing smart things ROCKS. And check out the tiny house (and me) in the UO magazine: here (page 18).

Loads of love and belief in the power of small changes, April


29 thoughts on “ASLE successes

  1. Hi April!

    We’re so happy watching your journey. Nikki (my partner) had previously sent you an e-mail with some questions as we embark upon our own tiny journey. We’re blogging at Is there a better e-mail we should use for direct questions?


    1. AH! Hello, Mitchell and Nikki!! I am so sorry to have not yet responded to your emails – I DID get them, promise. This term is over next Friday and email responses have just taken the back burner until I get my papers written. Forgive me? I will most CERTAINLY respond shortly after and really look forward to hearing about and witnessing your journey. Until then, loads of blessings to you both!

      1. Not a problem! We’re so thankful for your inspirations. We often think back to our brief tour of your house, and reference your photos.

  2. Hi April, I’d like to read a PDF of the talk, that’d be great. Very interesting topic. Ryan.

  3. Hi, April ~ I’d also like to read your transcript if you’d be so kind as to send it. I just recently found your blog and have really enjoyed catching up with the archives. Thanks so much. Lisa

    1. Hi, Lisa. I sent the pdf to your email account- please let me know your thoughts; as I look to develop some of the ideas, I would love to hear feedback

  4. I would love to have one in France,if you’re around the old continent would love to see you and have a chat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Hi April, I love your home and am quite interested in reading your paper.
    I don’t yet live in a tiny home, but I’d love to respond if I have any appropriate comments. Also, I was wondering f you have posted the gambrel plans anywhere?

    Regards and good luck with your phD

  6. Could I have a pdf please. Fascinating topic and perspective. Look forward to reading it. (Now I’ll enjoy reading the rest of your blog.)

  7. April, I am in love with your tiny house!! You have done an awesome job. I was just wondering if there is a bathroom and if so would you be willing to share a picture? I was also wondering is there a small frig under the kitchen stove? Thank you so much, Sharon

    1. There is a bathroom (wet bath) and a small refrigerator. If I were to do it again, I would separate the shower and toilet, and have a 3/4 fridge. 🙂

  8. I am building a tiny mobile art studio for Turning Around America- an organization I co-founded. You can watch our build off the Blog link. We would love to read your paper.

    Thank you.

    Jenn Moller

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