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Reflections , a peer-reviewed journal, provides a forum for scholarship on public rhetoric, civic writing, service-learning, and community literacy. We are honored to become co-editors of Reflections and hope to live up to the high standards set by outgoing editor Cristina Kirklighter. As incoming co-editors, we are proud of Reflections' nearly year history of leading writing and rhetoric's scholarly and theoretical study of service learning, public rhetoric, community writing, civic writing, and community literacy. Under our leadership, the journal will continue to publish wide-ranging and innovative work on community-engaged writing. Yet, we also see Reflections as a site for expanding the scholarship and praxis of community-engaged writing in this conjuncture, marked by Donald Trump's election and presidency and the planetary crisis of climate change.
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Community Literacy Journal
Reflections, a peer reviewed journal, provides a forum for scholarship on public rhetoric, civic writing, service-learning, and community literacy. Originally founded as a venue for teachers, researchers, students and community partners to share research and discuss the theoretical, political and ethical implications of community-based writing and writing instruction, Reflections publishes a lively collection of scholarship on public rhetoric and civic writing, occasional essays and stories both from and about community writing and literacy projects, interviews with leading workers in the field, and reviews of current scholarship touching on these issues and topics. Skip to main content. Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning Reflections, a peer reviewed journal, provides a forum for scholarship on public rhetoric, civic writing, service-learning, and community literacy. Sponsoring Organization:. New City Community Press.
Civic Engagement, Community Engagement, Democratic Education, Service Learning
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. 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 writing and literacy centers have many names, emerge from multiple disciplinary traditions, and often defy conventional or clean definitions. Many community writing centers borrow from the scholarly discipline of rhetoric and composition, drawing from the work of the Salt Lake City Community Writing Center Rousculp or the Community Literacy Center in Pittsburgh Flower. Others, such as two of the sites of the Conference on Community Writing, The Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania and Writers Room at Drexel University, blur boundaries between literacy, literary arts, and social practices. While community-based writing and literacy centers are similar in their desire to support community writing, each does so within diverse spaces, attuned to the unique literacy practices and knowledge of their home communities.