The Best of the Independent Rhetoric and Composition Journals 2011

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Edited by Steve Parks, Brenda Glascott, Brian Bailie, Heather Christiansen, and Stacey Waite

Best of the Journals in Rhetoric and Composition Series
Edited by Steve Parks, Brian Bailie, and Jessica Pauszek

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978-1-60235-312-1 (Paperback; $34; £23;  $34 CAD; €27; $34 AUD); 978-1-60235-313-8 (Adobe eBook; $20; £14;  $34 CAD; €16; $20 AUD). 361 pages with illustration, notes, and bibliographies. © 2013 by Parlor Press. Individual essays in this book have been reprinted with permission of the respective copyright owners.

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The Best of the Independent Rhetoric and Composition Journals 2011 represents the result of a nationwide conversation—beginning with journal editors, but expanding to teachers, scholars and workers across the discipline of Rhetoric and Composition—to select essays that showcase the innovative and transformative work now being published in the field’s independent journals. Representing both print and digital journals in Rhetoric and Composition, the essays featured here explore issues ranging from classroom practice to writing in global and digital contexts, from writing workshops to community activism. Together, the essays provide readers with a rich understanding of the present and future direction of the field.

In addition to the introduction by Steve Parks, Brenda Glascott, Brian Bailie, Heather Christiansen, and Stacey Waite, the anthology features work by the following authors and representing these journals: David Bartholomae and Beth Matway (Across the Disciplines), Beverly J. Moss (Community Literacy Journal), Michael J. Faris and Stuart Selber (Composition Forum), Jessica Enoch (Composition Studies), Alex Reid (Enculturation), Guillaume Gentil (Journal of Second Language Writing), Deborah Rossen Knill (The Journal of Teaching Writing),  Melissa M. Patchan, Christian D. Schunn, and Russell J. Clark (Journal of Writing Research), Marc C. Santos (Kairos), Ellen Cushman (Pedagogy), Zandra L. Jordan (Reflections), and Kimberly K. Gunter (Writing on the Edge).

About the Editors

Steve Parks is Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Syracuse University. He is the author of Class Politics: The Movement for a Students’ Right To Their Own Language 2e (Parlor Press, 2013) and Gravyland: Writing Beyond the Curriculum in the City of Brotherly Love. With Paula Mathieu and Tiffany Rousculp, he co-edited Circulating Communities: The Tactics and Strategies of Community Publishing. Working with Samantha Blackmon and Cristina Kirklighter, he has co-edited Listening to our Elders: Writing and Working for Change, a research project supported by NCTE. He has also published in College English, Journal of College Composition and Communication, and Community Literacy Journal. Over the past ten years, he has directed New City Community Press (

Brenda Glascott is an Assistant Professor at California State University specializing in Composition/Rhetoric.  She is working on a book project about gender and 19th century evangelical literacy practices.  She is publishing articles about 19th century evangelical constructions of literacy, about public writing and the public sphere, and about service learning.  She is part of an editorial collective starting a new scholarly journal, Literacy in Composition Studies. Glascott was named a Finalist for the 2008 NCTE Promising Researcher Award for her historical research on 19th century evangelical literacy narratives.

Brian Bailie is a PhD candidate in the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric program at Syracuse University. His work focuses on the intersections of protest and media, technology and transnationalism, identity and material rhetoric, and the ways activists exploit, expand, resist, and utilize these intersections to their advantage. Bailie has served as contributor, associate editor, and special issue editor for Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy. His most recent publications have appeared in the KB Journal and Composition Forum.

Heather Christiansen is a PhD student in the Rhetoric, Communication and Information Design program at Clemson University. Her research interests include visual rhetoric, the rhetoric of branding, identity, user experience design, consumer behavior and social influence. She currently serves as the managing editor for The WAC Journal.

Stacey Waite is currently Assistant Professor of English in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.  Waite’s essays on the teaching of writing have appeared in Writing on the Edge, Reader, and Feminist Teacher. Waite has also published three collections of poems: Choke (winner of the 2004 Frank O'Hara Prize), Love Poem to Androgyny (Main Street Rag, 2006), and the lake has no saint (Tupelo Press, 2010). Other honors include an Andrew Mellon Dissertation Fellowship Award, the Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Award, three Pushcart Prize nominations, and a National Society of Arts & Letters Poetry Prize. Waite has a recent interview online at Pilot Light: A Journal of 21st Century Poetics and Criticism and a forthcoming collection of poems, Butch Geography, from Tupelo Press in 2013.


Steve Parks, Brenda Glascott, Brian Bailie, Heather Christiansen, and Stacey Waite

Across the Disciplines
The Pittsburgh Study of Writing
David Bartholomae and Beth Matway

Community Literacy Journal
“Phenomenal Women,” Collaborative Literacies, and Community Texts in Alternative “Sista” Spaces
Beverly J. Moss

Composition Forum
E-Book Issues in Composition: A Partial Assessment and Perspective for Teachers
Michael J. Faris and Stuart Selber

Composition Studies
Changing Research Methods, Changing History: A Reflection on Language, Location, and Archive
Jessica Enoch

Exposing Assemblages: Unlikely Communities of Digital Scholarship, Video, and Social Networks
Alex Reid

Journal of Second Language Writing
A Biliteracy Agenda for Genre Research
Guillaume Gentil

The Journal of Teaching Writing
Flow and the Principle of Relevance: Bringing Our Dynamic Speaking Knowledge to Writing
Deborah Rossen Knill

Journal of Writing Research
Writing in Natural Sciences: Understanding the Effects of Different Types of Reviewers on the Writing Process
Melissa M. Patchan, Christian D. Schunn, and Russell J. Clark

How the Internet Saved My Daughter and How Social Media Saved My Family
Marc C. Santos

New Media Scholarship and Teaching: Challenging the Hierarchy of Signs
Ellen Cushman

Found” Literacy Partnerships: Service and Activism at Spelman College
Zandra L. Jordan

Writing on the Edge
“In Our Names”: Rewriting the U.S. Death Penalty
Kimberly K. Gunter

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