Charlene Spretnak

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Charlene Spretnak
Born 1946
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Author

Charlene Spretnak is an American author, born in Pittsburgh and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She earned degrees from St. Louis University and the University of California, Berkeley. She has written eight books, several of which have proposed an eco-social analysis and vision in the areas of social criticism (including feminism), cultural history, and religion and spirituality. Since the mid-1980s, her books have examined the multiple crises of modernity and have furthered the corrective efforts that are arising. Her book Green Politics was a major catalyst for the formation of the U.S. Green Party movement, of which she is a cofounder. In 2006 Charlene Spretnak was named by the British government's Environment Department as one of the "100 Eco-Heroes of All Time" for her writings on ecology, politics, and spirituality. In 2012 she received the Demeter Award for lifetime achievement as "one of the premier visionary feminist thinkers of our time" from the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology. She co-hosts a weekly radio program based on her book Relational Reality (2011): "All Together Now" on the Progressive Radio Network (

She is currently writing a book on the spiritual dynamic in modern and contemporary art (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).


Further reading[edit]

Interviewed in Our Lady, a film for Canadian television, Vision network, 2012

Michael Moon, Green Ideology and Its Relation to Modernity, Studies in Human Ecology (Lund, Sweden: Lund Studies in Human Ecology, 2008)

Interviewed for “Behind the Cult of Mary,” Women of the Bible, a Special Collector’s Edition published by US News & World Report, January/February 2006

“Jag ar beroende, alltsa finns jag,” a profile of Charlene Spretnak, by Anita Goldman, Dagens Nyheter, Stockholm, 16 August 2002

Nini Zhang, “Body, Nature, and Place,” Philosophical Trends, Beijing, no. 7, 2001

Zhihe Wang, “Spretnak and Ecological Postmodernism,” Journal of Social Sciences Abroad, Beijing, no. 6, 1997

Kassman, Kenn. Envisioning Utopia: The U.S. Green Movement and the Politics of Radical Social Change (Praeger Publishers, 1997)

Interviewed by Derrick Jensen in Listening to the Land: Nature, Culture, and Eros (Sierra Club Books, 1995)

Vardey, Lucinda. God in All Worlds: An Anthology of Contemporary Spiritual Writing (New York: Random House, 1995)

"Tillbaka till kroppen: For ekofeministen Charlene Spretnak ar kvinnans fysik borjan till det goda," by Pascale Montardet and Lars Tragardh, Dagens Nyheter, Stockholm, Sweden, 3 June 1993

Televised interview by John Parrot, Frontiers, a radio and television program produced by the Christian Science Monitor, November 1991

"Spretnak on Meditation, Economics, and Resistance," by Diane Sherwood and Susan Butler, National Catholic Reporter, 22 November 1991

Catherine Albanese, Nature Religion in America (University of Chicago Press, 1990)

Works by Charlene Spretnak[edit]

Relational Reality: New Discoveries of Interrelatedness That Are Transforming the Modern World. Topsham, ME: Green Horizon Books (2011). ISBN 0-615-46127-1

Missing Mary: The Queen of Heaven and Her Re-Emergence in the Modern Church. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (2004). ISBN 1-4039-7040-8

The Resurgence of the Real: Body, Nature, and Place in a Hypermodern World. New York: Routledge (1997). ISBN 0-415-92298-4

States of Grace: The Recovery of Meaning in the Postmodern Age. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco (1991). ISBN 0-06-250697-8

The Spiritual Dimension of Green Politics. Santa Fe: Bear & Co. (1986). ISBN 0-939680-29-7

Green Politics: The Global Promise, with Fritjof Capra. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1984. ISBN 0-525-24231-7

Lost Goddesses of Early Greece: A Collection of Pre-Hellenic Myths. Boston: Beacon Press (1978, 1981). ISBN 0-8070-1343-9

The Politics of Women's Spirituality: Essays by Founding Mothers of the Movement, Editor. New York: Anchor/Doubleday (1981). ISBN 0-385-17241-9

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