The Community Literacy Journal is an interdisciplinary journal that publishes both scholarly work that contributes to theories, methodologies, and research agendas and work by literacy workers, practitioners, creative writers, and community literacy program staff. We are especially committed to presenting work done in collaboration between academics and community members, organizers, activists, teachers, students, and artists.
We understand “community literacy” as including multiple domains for literacy work extending beyond mainstream educational and work institutions. It can be found in programs devoted to adult education, early childhood education, reading initiatives, or work with marginalized populations, but it can also be found in more informal, ad hoc projects, including creative writing, graffiti art, protest songwriting, and social media campaigns.
For us, literacy is defined as the realm where attention is paid not just to content or to knowledge but to the symbolic means by which it is represented and used. Thus, literacy makes reference not just to letters and to text but to other multimodal, technological, and embodied representations, as well. Community literacy is interdisciplinary and intersectional in nature, drawing from rhetoric and composition, communication, literacy studies, English studies, gender studies, race and ethnic studies, environmental studies, critical theory, linguistics, cultural studies, education, and more.
See the Aims and Scope for complete coverage of the journal.
Current Issue: Volume 15, Issue 2 (2021)
Public Memory as Community-Engaged Writing: Composing Difficult Histories on Campus
Amy J. Lueck, Matthew V. Kroot, and Lee M. Panich
(Re) Mixing Up Literacy: Cookbooks as Rhetorical Remix
Elizabeth J. Fleitz
Issues in Community Literacy
'I knew this was gonna be chaos': Voices Collide While Decolonizing Intersectional Injustice
Danielle Kubasko Sullivan and Mary L. Fahrenbruck
Researching Protest Literacies: Literacy as Protest in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro
My Caesarean: 21 Mothers on the C-Section Experience and After
Cassie A. Wright
Coda: Community Writing and Creative Work
A Word from Coda's Editors
Kefaya Diab, Leah Falk, Chad Seader, Alison Turner, Kate Vieira, and Stephanie Wade
Poesia para la Pas: Voces de Jovenes Colombianos
Juana Maria Echeverri Escobar and Rodrigo Aicardo Rojas Ospina
Persistence and Creativity: EmersonWRITES Celebrates 11 Years with Young Poets and Writers of Boston
Mary Kovaleski Byrnes, Livia Meneghin, Rejeila Firmin, Star Igbinosa, Ebony Smith, Essence Smith, Winter Jones, Yaritza Santana, Paola Ruiz Manrique, Madison Lucchesi, and Zaryah Qareeb
- Paul Feigenbaum, Florida International University
- Veronica House, University of Colorado Boulder