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.




CLJ Has Moved!

CLJ has officially moved! Access the new website and CLJ's open access issues at  
Posted: 2021-05-13

CLJ Is Moving!

The CLJ is in the process of moving! The newest issue, Fall 2020 (Issue 15.1) is available on our new, open access website at We are in the process of uploading all CLJ archives to the new website. In the meantime, issues that have not yet been transferred remain available here.  
Posted: 2021-03-30 More...

Spring 2021 Submissions Closed

Submissions for Spring 2021 are now closed.  In April, 2021 the Editors will begin accepting manuscript submissions for consideration in the Spring 2022 issue.   
Posted: 2020-12-22

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
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