We encourage you to peruse our lists of readings and resources on community writing/publishing and popular education, with links to the readings when possible.

Readings related to the Community Writing Project and Journal of Ordinary Thought

Adams, Hal. A grassroots think tank: Linking writing and community building. Democracy and Education. Winter 1995.

Adams, Hal and Janise Hurtig. Creative acts, critical insights: Adult writing workshops in two Chicago neighborhoods. Community Partnerships (Case studies in TESOL Practice Series.) Elsa Auerbach, ed. 2002.

Ayers, William, Caroline Heller and Janise Hurtig, eds. Every Person Is a Philosopher: Lessons in Emancipatory Education from the Radical Teaching Life of Hal Adams. New York: Peter Lang Press, 2016.

Hurtig, Janise and Hal Adams. Democracy is in the details: Small writing groups prefiguring a new society. New Directions in Adult and Continuing Education. no.128 Winter 2010 p. 15-25.

Hurtig, Janise.  Con Café, Compañerismo, y Calidad: Latina Women Fashioning a Writing Group into a Space of Praxis and Belonging Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, Vol. 10, Issue 4, 2016. p. 1-13.

Hurtig, Janise. Resisting Assimilation: Mexican Immigrant Mothers Writing Together. Latino Language and Literacy in Ethnolinguistic Chicago, ed. Maria Farr.  2005. p. 247-275.

Readings about Community Writing and Publishing (links are provided to some of these readings)

Goldblatt, Eli. “Alinsky’s Reveille: A Community-Organizing Model for Neighborhood-Based Literacy Projects.” College English, vol. 67, no. 3. Jan. 2005.

Jacobi, Tobi and Hinshaw, Wendy Wolters, What words might do: The challenge of representing women in prison and their writing. Feminist Formations 7(1): 67-90, 2015.

Heller, Caroline. Until We are Strong Together: Women Writers in the Tenderloin. Teachers College Press, 1997.

Luetzow, Darcy, Lauren Macaluso, and Eli Goldblatt. “Garden in a Vacant Lot: Growing Thinkers at Tree House Books.” Service-Learning in Literacy Education. Charlotte, NCInformation Age Publishing, 2014.

Mace, Jane, ed. Literacy, Language and Community Publishing:  Essays in Adult Education. Bristol PA: Multilingual Matters, 1995.

Matheiu, Paula. Tactics of Hope: The Public Turn in English Composition. Portsmouth NH, 2005.

Parks, Stephen.  Gravyland: Writing Beyond the Curriculum in the City of Brotherly Love.  Syracuse, NY: Syracuse UP, 2010.
Recommended Books and Articles on Popular Education / Education for Liberation
Freire, Paolo, Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Continuum, 1996.