Volume 15(2)

Volume 15(2)

Academic Articles | Academic Book Reviews | CYAL Book Reviews | Poetry, Fiction, and Visual Arts

“On My Way Home” by Devin (Bokyoung) Jo

Editor’s Introduction

Editor’s Introduction: Creating Our Own Spaces

Alexandra Lampp Berglund

Academic Articles

Research Articles

The Black Literacies of Urban High School Youth Countering Anti-Blackness in the Context of Neoliberal Multiculturalism

Justin A. Coles


Wrestling with Competency and Everyday Literacies in School

Kortney Sherbine


Meaningful, Embodied Literacies: Dramatic Play and Revision with Middle School Writers in Warsaw, Poland

Katherine Batchelor


Men Writing Their Lives: Situating the Authoring Processes of Zinesters

Barbara Guzzetti, Katina Zammit


“We’re Rural Not Dumb”: An Examination of Literacy Sponsorhip

Judith Franzak, Heather Porter, Courtney Harned


Voices from the Field

“We Need to Get These Scores Up”: A Narrative Examination of the Challenges of Teaching Literature in the Age of Standardized Testing

Stephanie Anne Shelton, Tamara Brooks



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Academic Book Reviews

The academic book reviews in this issue cover a range of topics relevant to the field of language and literacy education. Reviewers with diverse backgrounds provide summaries and critiques of books focusing on curriculum, instruction, and social equity.

Yixuan Wang, Academic Book Review Editor, jolle.bookrev@gmail.com

Children & Young Adult Literature (CYAL) Book Reviews

The Journal of Language and Literacy Education reviews recently published or soon-to-be published children’s and young adult literature. At JoLLE CYAL, we value students’ voices and creativity in reflecting their understanding and evaluation of the literature that is written for them. In addition, we also aim to provide a scholarly space for parents and teachers to work with their children and students in sharing their thoughts, experience, and evaluative judgements about these books to other adults all over the world.

Wisnu Agung Pradana, CYAL Book Review Editor, jolle.cyal@gmail.com

Picture Book Reviews

Review of My Grandma and Me Written by Mina Javaherbin and Illustrated by Lindsey Yankey

Student Reviewers: Daisy Jiang and Shirly Jiang

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Xinyi Meng

Review of The Tomato Flood Written by Niyatee Parikh Sharma and Illustrated by Alankrita Amaya

Student Reviewers: Kalika Haddad

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Usree Bhattacharya

Review of Arm in Arm Written by Remy Charlip

Student Reviewers: Abeer Rajani and Jolanda Young

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Jennifer Fraser

Review of Looking for Yesterday Written by Alison Jay

Student Reviewer: Hannah Lalaian

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Jeff Lalaian

Review of Up Verses Down: Poems, Paintings, and Serious Nonsense Written by Calef Brown

Student Reviewer: Addie Grace Croker

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Courtney Croker

Young Adult Book Reviews

Review of Seventh Grade vs. The Galaxy Written by Joshua S. Levy

Student Reviewer: Paul Kim

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Rachel Kim

Review of For Black Girls Like Me Written by Mariama J. Lockington

Student Reviewers: Chase Veitch and Heba Hameed

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Jennifer Fraser

Review of See You in the Cosmos Written by Jack Cheng

Student Reviewer: Janiah Holmes

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Brittany Thurmond

Review of The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project Written by Lenore Appelhans

Student Reviewer: Faith A. Comeau

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Amanda Brady Deaton

Poetry, Fiction, & Visual Arts

In the Fall 2019 issue of JoLLE, we are proud to present a Poetry, Fiction, & Visual Arts section that explores the intertwined and dynamic relationship among language, teaching, and learning in diverse contexts. Our poets, authors, and artists, who are also researchers and educators, provide us both practical inspiration and poetic interpretation of many issues, such as students’ voice and self-discovery, multimodal teaching and learning, and interpersonal communication in education.

William Terrell Wright, Poetry, Fiction, & Visual Arts Editor, jolle.art.literature@gmail.com


Titles: “At This Very Moment” & “The Crasher”

Author: Ruoyi Zhu

Institution: The University of Georgia

Titles: “war in the time of commas”, “grammar Nazis (post-apostrophe literature”, & “like two lower-case pronouns”

Author: P. L. Thomas

Institution: Furman University

Titles: “The Best Way to Enjoy Fish” & “The Trash”

Author: Ming Sun

Institution: The University of Georgia

Title: “The World We Live In–Recrimination”

Author: Shannon Young

Institution: Thomas College, Massachussetts

Visual Art

Title: “Disappearing Act”

Artist: Jerome C. Harste

Institution: Indiana University

Title: “Collaborative Mark-Making”

Artist: Jae-Eun Suh

Institution: University of North Texas

Principal Editor

Alexandra Lampp Berglund

Managing Editor

Merida Lang

Production Editor

Bhairvi M. Trivedi

Conference Co-Chairs

Stacia L. Long & Tamara Moten

Academic Book Review Editor

Yixuan Wang

Poetry, Fiction, & Visual Arts Editor

William Terrell Wright

CYAL Book Review Editor

Wisnu Agung Pradana

Communications Editor

Maverick Y. Zhang

Scholars Speak Out Editor

Andressa Cristina Molinari

Digital Content Editor

Alexandra Lampp Berglund

Faculty Advisor

Peter Smagorinsky


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