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 17, Issue 2 (2023)

Front Matter

Editor's Introduction


Editors' Introduction
Isabel Baca, Paul Feigenbaum, Vincent Portillo, and Cayce Wicks



Capacitating Community: The Writing Innovation Symposium
Jenn Fishman, Abigayle Farrier, Aleisha R. Balestri, Barbara Clauer, Bump Halbritter, Darci Thoune, Derek G. Handley, Gitte Frandsen, Holly Burgess, Lillian Campbell, Liz Angeli, Louise Zamparutti, Jenna Green, Jennifer Kontny, Jessica R. Edwards, Jessie Wirkus Haynes, Julie Lindquist, Kaia L. Simon, Kayla Urban Fettig, Kelsey Otero, Margaret Perrow, Maria Novotny, Marie Cleary-Fishman, Maxwell Gray, Melissa Kaplan, Patrick W. Thomas, Paul Feigenbaum, Sara Heaser, and Seán McCarthy

Issues in Community Literacy


Payment in the Polity: Funded Community Writing Projects
Audrey Simango, Matthew Stadler, and Alison Turner

Project and Program Profile

Book Reviews


Translingual Inheritance: Language Diversity in Early National Philadelphia
Lily Deen, Noha Labani, Lauren Piette, Vanessa Sullivan, and Heidi Willers

Coda: Community Writing and Creative Work


Coda Editorial Collection Introduction
Kefaya Diab, Chad Seader, Alison Turner, and Stephanie Wade


Adam Craig


Ada Vilageliu Diaz


I Won American Idol
Nic Nusbaumer


SpeakOut! CLC
Constance Davis, Grace Dotson, Mia Manfredi, Ainhoa Palacios, Tanya Sopkin, Tobi Jacobi, and Mary Ellen Sanger