Dr Anne Elvey


I am a researcher and poet with interests in ecological criticism, theology and ecopoetics. Since completing my doctorate in 1999, I have taught in biblical studies, ecological theology and women’s studies at MCD University of Divinity (formerly Melbourne College of Divinity), particularly in the Theology online programme, Australian Catholic University and Monash University.

I have also worked in research management at Melbourne College of Divinity.

I have worked in various capacities for the theological journal Pacifica: Australasian Theological Studies and from mid-2012 am editor of Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review.


My research interests are in ecological criticism especially in relation to biblical literature. My PhD thesis undertaken in the Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research at Monash University was an ecological feminist reading of the Gospel of Luke, entitled “Gestations of the Sacred: Ecological Feminist Readings from the Gospel of Luke”.

The thesis drew on critical theory, feminist theory and biblical studies to develop the notion of the “material given”, as an interpretive key for exploring the narrative of Luke’s gospel from an ecological feminist perspective. My MTheol “The Fertility of God: A Study of the Characterizations of Pseudo-Philo’s Hannah and Luke’s Mary” was awarded by Melbourne College of Divinity in 1995.

Selected Publications


The Matter of the Text: Material Engagements between Luke and the Five Senses. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2011

An Ecological Feminist Reading of the Gospel of Luke: A Gestational Paradigm. Lewiston NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2005

Edited collections

‘Reinterpreting the Eucharist: Explorations in Feminist Theology and Ethics’, co-edited with Carol Hogan, Kim Power, and Claire Renkin, forthcoming from Equinox Publishing, 2012

‘Climate Change-Cultural Change: Religious Responses and Responsibilities’, co-edited with David Gormley O’Brien, in preparation

Selected book chapters and refereed journal articles

‘Partnering the waters in Luke 8:22–25’ in Water: A Matter of Life and Death, edited by Norman Habel and Peter Trudinger, Interface 14, no. 1 (2011): 81-94

‘The matter of texts: a material intertextuality and ecocritical engagements with the Bible’ in Ecocritical Theory: New European Approaches, edited by Axel Goodbody and Kate Rigby, 181-93, Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011.

‘Ashes and dust: on (not) speaking about God ecologically’, Eco-Theology, edited by Elaine Wainwright, Luiz Carlos Susin and Felix Wilfred. Concilium 3 (2009): 33–42

‘Roland Boer, Rescuing the Bible: A Response’, The Bible and Critical Theory 5 (2): pp. 20.1–20.8. DOI: 10.2104/bc090020

‘Material Elements: The Matter of Women, the Matter of Earth, the Matter of God’, in Post-Christian Feminisms, edited by Lisa Isherwood and Kathleen McPhillips, 53–69, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008

‘Beyond Culture? Nature/culture dualism and the Christian other-worldly’, Ethics and the Environment 11, 2 (Fall/Winter 2006): 63–84

‘Beyond Sex and Gender…? Toward an ecological approach to sexed embodiment’, International Feminist Journal of Politics 6, 3 (September 2004): 436–53.

‘The Material Given: Bodies, Pregnant Bodies and Earth’, Australian Feminist Studies 18, 4 (July 2003): 199–209


My poems have appeared in journals including Antipodes, Australian Book Review, Blue Dog, Cordite Poetry Review, Etchings, Eureka Street, Going Down Swinging, Hecate, Island, Mascara Literary Review, Meanjin, Nimrod International Journal, PAN: Philosophy Activism Nature, and Westerly. I have had poems shortlisted in the Peter Porter Poetry Prize (March 2012), the Newcastle Poetry Prize 2011 and the PressPress chapbook award 2009, highly commended in the Max Harris Poetry Award 2008 and placed first in the page seventeen poetry competition 2008.

Poetry chapbooks

Bent toward the thing (Seaford: Rosslyn Avenue Productions, 2012)

Claimed by Country (Berry: PressPress, 2010)

Stolen Heath (Melbourne: Melbourne Poets Union, 2009)

Poems in edited collections

“Taking leave of no. 5”, in The Wombat Vedas: Newcastle Poetry Prize Anthology 2011 (Newcastle: Hunter Writers Centre, 2011), 53-59

“A passenger from the childhood house” and “What is a soul?”, in The Best Australian Poems 2010, edited by Robert Adamson (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2010), 60–63

“slave ship”, in where the wind turns: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2009, edited by Jim Kacian and the Red Moon Editorial Staff (Winchester: Red Moon Press, 2010) 30

“Between”, in The Best Australian Poems 2009, edited by Robert Adamson (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2009), 61