Thursday,October 19


Registration (7:00am-5:00pm)
Aspen Room

Coffee (7:00am)
This coffee break is sponsored in part by CU Engage, the CU Women’s and Gender Studies Department, and the CU Ethnic Studies Department.

Welcome (8:00-8:15)
Center Ballroom
John-Michael Rivera, Director, Program for Writing and Rhetoric
David Meens, Director, Office of Outreach and Engagement

Chair’s Address (8:15-8:30)
Center Ballroom
Veronica House: “Community Writing In and As an Ecology”

Workshops (8:45-10:45)
6 concurrent sessions

Session A Concurrent Panels (11:00-12:15)
10 concurrent panels

Lunch and Keynote Address with Q&A (12:15-1:45)    Center Ballroom, Ballroom East   
Introduction by Andrea Feldman and Tracy Ferrell, Program for Writing and Rhetoric
Keynote: Elaine Richardson (The Ohio State University)

Deep Think Tanks (2:00-4:00)
4 concurrent sessions

Networking Happy Hour (4:00-5:00) Ballroom East

Performance    (Doors at 5:00; Performance at 5:30-6:30; Q&A following the performance)  Ballroom
“The Prison Story Project: On the Row,” with discussion facilitated by David Jolliffe




DTT1: DEEPTHINK TANK: “Anti-Racism, Intersectionality, and Critical Literacies: A Teach-In and Work-In”   
(Part One of Two-Day Event)
Steven Alvarez, St. John’s University
April Baker-Bell, Michigan State University
Carmen Kynard, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Eric Darnell Pritchard, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

W1: WORKSHOP: “Mental Modeler: A Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping (FCM) Software Tool for Collecting and Standardizing Community Knowledge for Decision-Making”
Alison Singer, Michigan State University

W2: WORKSHOP: “Cultivating Community College-University Relations across Writing Ecologies”
Christie Toth, University of Utah
Andrea Malouf, Salt Lake Community College; former director of Community Writing Center
Jennifer Courtney, Salt Lake Community College
Cassie Goff, University of Utah graduate
Kelly Corbray, Transfer Student Co-Researcher
Nathan Lacy, Transfer Student Co-Researcher
Sandra Salazar-Hernandez, Transfer Student Co-Researcher
Claudia Sauz, Transfer Student Co-Researcher
Westin Porter, University of Utah graduate

W3: WORKSHOP: “Developing Networks through Writing Centers and Writing Across the Curriculum”
Allen Brizee, Loyola University Maryland
Tom Deans, University of Connecticut
Jaclyn Wells, University of Alabama Birmingham

W4: WORKSHOP: “Place-Based Literacy Education in Rural Communities: Re-envisioning and Re-inventing Connections to Communities of Practice”
Cynthia Miecznikowski, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Laura Staal, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

W5: WORKSHOP: “From Syracuse to Syria: Grant Writing as Tool to Grow Community Projects”
Steve Parks, Syracuse University


A1.  ROUNDTABLE: Writing Democracy: The Post-Trump Story Circle
(limited to 20 participants)
Shannon Carter, Texas A&M-Commerce
Deborah Mutnick, Long Island University Brooklyn

A2.  Writing in/as/for/about Community
Chair: Yvonne R. Teems, Hofstra University
Yvonne R. Teems, Hofstra University, “The Ecologies of Literacy Practices in a Grassroots Civic Organization”
Gina Keplinger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, “The Poster Child of Louder Than a Bomb: How Badass Pedagogy Transforms Community Members into Community Leaders”
Emily Rybarski, Texas State University, “Intergenerational Contact: Writing For and About Our Elderly”

A3.  Community Organizing and Activism
Chair: Tim Lockridge, Miami University of Ohio
Tim Lockridge, Miami University of Ohio, “DIY Locksmithing: Print Technologies and Hacker Advocacy”
Ljiljana Coklin, University of California Santa Barbara, “A Balancing Act: Discovering Individual Agency and Building Communities”
Jasmine Villa, University of Texas at El Paso, “Community Writing Using Twitter: Hashtags as a Network and Ecology”
Kathryn Comer, Portland State University, “Digital Activism Networks and Social Media Strategies: Building a #Blackfish Effect”

A4.  College Readiness and Transitions
Chair: Carly Johnson Hess, The University of Central Florida
Carly Johnson Hess, The University of Central Florida, “Thinking Beyond Grit: Student Support at a Community College Writing Center”
Lucas Corcoran, The Graduate Center, CUNY, “‘Languaging 101’: Local Language Ethnographies, Basic Writing, and the SEEK Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY”
Terainer Brown, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, “College Transition Programs and Writing: A Missed Opportunity?”

A5.  Community Publishing and Mapping
Chair: Deanna Laurette, Wayne State University
Deanna Laurette, Wayne State University, “Communicating Disability on Social Media –Representing, Disclosing, Curating on Internet Support Boards”
Allison Walker, High Point University, and Cara Kozma, High Point University, “Sustaining Networks of Engagement in an Ecology of Empathy”
Dawn Opel, Michigan State University, and John Monberg, Michigan State University, “Mapping the Network of the Clinical Trial: A Toolkit for Health Equity Activism”
Autumn Laws, Michigan State University, “Illness Online: How Online Tagging Creates URL and IRL Communities”

A6.  Moving From the Center: Connecting Writing Center Values in Community Partnerships
Chair: Bronwyn T. Williams, University of Louisville
Bronwyn T. Williams, University of Louisville, “Growing Spaces for Community Writing in the Ecology of Universities: Pedagogical and Political Change”
Jessica Newman, University of Louisville, “Listening and Conversation as Keys to Working with Individuals and Communities”
Carrie Cole, University of Louisville, “Taking the Long View: Sustainability Working with Students and Community Partners”
Chris Scheidler, University of Louisville, “Change and Compromise: Interrogating and
Responding to Issues of Power”

A7.  Writing as Ecology: How Writing Environments Shape Public Encounters
Chair: Katherine Silvester, Indiana University Bloomington
Katherine Silvester, Indiana University Bloomington
Joan Linton, Indiana University Bloomington
Laura Clapper, Indiana University Bloomington

A8.  Positioning and Assessing Writing in the Contact Zone
Chair: Morgan Read-Davidson, Chapman University
Morgan Read-Davidson, Chapman University, “Reconceiving the Community Writing
Workshop as Complex System”
Jan Osborn, Chapman University, “At the Edge of Chaos”
Lance Langdon, Chapman University and University of California, Irvine, “The Business of Ethnography and the Ethnography of Business”

A9.  Facing Change: A Collaborative Writing Model for Networking and Engaging Students, Faculty, and Institution with Community Voices
Chair: Deborah Romero, University of Northern Colorado
Deborah Romero, University of Northern Colorado
Patricia Jolly, University of Northern Colorado
Holly Zell, University of Northern Colorado
Tyler Bedell, University of Northern Colorado

A10.  “Nothing is Apolitical”: Writing, Art, and Resistance in Collaboration with Prisoners
Misty Saribal, University of Denver, WEBs of Support Co-Founder
Patrycja Humienik, University of Colorado-Denver, Dances for Solidarity-Denver

“Our Literacies Matter: Reading and Writing the World Through the Lives of Black Women and Girls”

This work grows out of an Afterschool Club, which I founded and directed, for Black girls at a predominantly Black middle school in Columbus, Ohio for five years, which focused upon a social literacies approach to critical transformative literacy development centered in the lives, literacies and rhetorical history of Black girls and women in the United States. This work seeks to engender literacy education for Black girls and women, through what might be called a Hiphop Feminist literacies approach. In my view, this is a necessary and important endeavor, inviting us to invest in girls’ literacies for brave new worlds of critical collective consciousness and movement for social justice, as opposed to schooling them to literacy for compliance with larger systems of patriarchal domination, social stratification, and individualism.  I strive to center the girls’ stories, incorporating voices of their mothers, women in our communities, my own story, and the voices of scholars, to illuminate our aspirations, build problem solving skills, promote strong knowledge of self, and equip us with strategies to avoid raced and gendered societal pitfalls. I argue that these issues are central to a meaningful and empowered education while they are generally marginalized in today’s classrooms across the country.  The club provided space to examine what it is that girls (and women–myself included) learn about themselves and the world through interacting with and producing and or analyzing African American cultural arts, digital texts, news media, documentaries, music videos, viral videos, short literature pieces focused upon contemporary and historic Black women and girls, using this material to support our critical reading, thinking, and composing for social change by addressing social ills such as sexism, racism, social inequality, through various forms of creative expression. This work took up the most progressive ideas from community activists, culturally relevant educators, scholar activists, and critical teaching artists, who intermingle popular culture and the struggle for Black Lives for critical literacy education, community and coalition building, and social action.


DTT2: DEEPTHINK TANK: “Circulation and Ecologies”
Laurie Gries, University of Colorado Boulder
Jenny Rice, University of Kentucky
Nathaniel Rivers, Saint Louis University
Kristen Seas Trader, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Michele Simmons, Miami University
John Tinnell, University of Colorado Denver

DTT3: DEEPTHINK TANK: “Feminisms, Activism, and Community Writing”
Jenn Fishman, Chair, Marquette University
Heather Branstetter, Executive Director, Historic Wallace Preservation Society
Erin Krampetz, Board Member, Watson University and Amani Institute
Sagashus T. Levingston, Founder of Infamous Mothers
Tessa Zimmerman, Founder of ASSET Education

DTT4: DEEPTHINK TANK: “Environmental/Food Justice and Communication”
Kathryn Burleson, Conscious Alliance, Boulder, CO
Laurie Grobman, Penn State University-Berks Justin Levy, Conscious Alliance, Boulder, CO
Donnie Sackey, Wayne State University
Stephanie Wade, Bates College

W6: WORKSHOP: “Contemplative Practices for Community Work”
Stephanie Briggs, Community College of Baltimore County
Paula Mathieu, Boston College


THE PRISON STORY PROJECT: ON THE ROW is a production of the Northwest Arkansas Prison Story Project, which since 2011 has been sending teams of writers into prisons, leading writing workshops with the inmates, and then developing readers’ theatre scripts that are performed by professional actors both for the inmates who write the material and for public audiences. In the summer of 2016, the Prison Story Project undertook its most challenging initiative: eight inmates housed on Arkansas’ Death Row met with Prison Story Project workshop leaders one Saturday a month from May through September to read and discuss imaginative literature and write in response to issues, themes, and problems raised by it. ON THE ROW, the 70-minute script generated by the initiative, was performed on Death Row for the writers on October 8 and subsequently presented to large, enthusiastic public audiences in the weeks and months following the initial performance.
This event is sponsored by the Brown Chair in English Literacy at the University of Arkansas and by the CU Boulder Office for Outreach and Engagement: