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.




Submit for Consideration in the Spring 2021 Issue

Authors seeking to submit a manuscript to the CLJ can upload a manuscript on the website submissions portal. To be considered for the Spring 2021 issue, please submit by December 1, 2021.  
Posted: 2020-10-29

Issue 14.2 Available Online

We are excited to announce the publication of our Spring 2020 issue with keynotes from the 2019 Conference on Community Writing, as well as several articles, Program Profiles, essays on Issues in Community Literacy, and book reviews. Check out the table of contents here.  
Posted: 2020-10-29

Submit for Consideration in the Spring 2020 Issue

Authors seeking to submit a manuscript to the CLJ can upload a manuscript on the website submissions portal. To be considered for the Spring 2020 issue, please submit by November 30, 2019.  
Posted: 2019-10-30

Issue 14.1 Available Online

We are excited to announce the publication of our Fall 2019 special issue on "Reciprocity in Community-Engaged Food and Environmental Justice Scholarship," guest edited by Dawn S. Opel and Donnie Johnson Sackey. Check out the table of contents here.  
Posted: 2019-10-20

Fall 2020 Special Issue Call For Proposals


In collaboration with the Conference on Community Writing, Community Literacy Journal produces a special issue stemming from presentations and conversations at the conference.

We are happy to announce the call for Community Literacy Journal's Fall 2020 special issue on "Community-Engaged Writing & Literacy Centers: A Critical Field Scan of Theory and History, Practice and Place" with Guest Editors Mark Latta, Chris Giroux, and Helen Raica-Klotz.

Posted: 2019-08-26 More...
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