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.


 

Announcements

 

Issue 12.2 Available Online

 
We are happy to announce the publication of our Spring 2018 issue.  Check out the table of contents here.  
Posted: 2018-08-15
 

Submit for Consideration in the Spring 2019 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 2019 issue, please submit by November 30, 2018.  
Posted: 2018-08-02
 

Food Literacy Article to be Included in Best of Rhetoric and Composition Journals

 
We are pleased to congratulate authors Lucía Durá, Consuelo Salas, William Medina-Jerez, and Virginia Hill, whose CLJ 10.1 article, "De aquí y de allá: Changing Perceptions of Literacy Through Food Pedagogy, Asset-Based Narratives, and Hybrid Spaces," has been chosen for inclusion in the Best of Rhetoric and Composition Journals, published by Parlor Press. You can read the article here.  
Posted: 2018-08-02
 

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...
 
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