Community Literacy Journal

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, and community literacy program staff. We are especially committed to presenting work done in collaboration between academics and community members, organizers, activists, teachers, 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.



Update: Matthiesen's "Poetic Signs of Third Place: A Case Study of Student-Driven Imitation in a Shelter for Young Homeless People in Copenhagen"


We're happy to share the news that Christina Matthiesen's "Poetic Signs of Third Place: A Case Study of Student-Driven Imitation in a Shelter for Young Homeless People in Copenhagen"


Posted: 2017-11-23 More...

Editors’ Farewell & Welcome to Veronica House and Paul Feigenbaum


When we started the Community Literacy Journal in 2005, we were worried that we would not successfully solicit enough manuscripts for Issue 1.1. We were wrong:

Posted: 2017-11-21 More...

Call for Papers, Special Issue Fall 2018


Community Writing as Community Listening: A Special Issue to Celebrate the Second Biennial Conference on Community Writing

Posted: 2017-11-01 More...

Issue 12.1, a Special Issue on "The Past, Present, and Future of Self-Publishing"


We are currently in production with 12.1 and will ship copies mid-November!

Posted: 2017-10-27 More...

CLJ is Open for Submissions


As incoming editors of the Community Literacy Journal, we are ready and eager to begin reviewing submissions.  In taking over editorial duties,

Posted: 2017-08-02 More...
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