Steve Parks Co-Edits Two Books
The Writing Program is pleased to announce that Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric Steve Park has co-edited two books.
Listening to Our Elders: Working and Writing for Change, which Parks edited with Samantha Blackmon and Cristina Kirklighter, attempts to capture the history of “collective moments where teachers across grade levels and institutions of higher education organized to insure that the voices, heritages, and traditions of their students and colleagues were recognized.”
According to the Utah State University Press, “Listening to Our Elders demonstrates this recognition was not always easily given. Instead, whether the issue was race, sexuality, class, or disability, committed activist organizations have often had to push against the existing limits of our field and its organizations to insure a broader sense of common responsibility and humanity was recognized.”
Parks adds, "I certainly benefitted from the insights and work of [Composition and Cultural Rhetoric graduate students] Kate Navickas, Melissa Watson, LaToya Sawyer, Tim Dougherty, Ben Kuebrich, and Justin Lewis in putting this book together. Early on, they provided some great insights in how to develop the book. . . . The book has really been recieved well. At our panels at NCTE focused on Elders, we had over 200 people attend and participate. It was great to see the 'Elders' of our field receive such recognition."
The text, which features a number of interviews with scholars in the field, is part of a larger archival project sponsored by the Writing and Working for Change Committee of NCTE. Video interviews and digital archives can be accessed at http://www.ncte.org/centennial/change.
Circulating Communities: The Tactics and Strategies of Community Publishing was edited with Paula Mathieu and Tiffany Rousculp. The book “represents the first attempt to gather the myriad of community and college publishing projects, providing not only history and analysis but extended samples of the community writing produced. Rather than feature only the voices of academic scholars, this collection features also the words of writing group participants, community organizers, literacy instructors, librarians, and stay-at-home parents as well.”
According to Lexington Books, “In libraries, community centers, prisons, and homeless shelters across the US and around the world, people not traditionally understood as writers regularly come together to write, offer feedback, revise, publish—and most importantly circulate—their words.. . . Circulating Communities offers a unique glimpse into how neighbor and scholar, teacher and activist, are using writing and publishing to improve the daily lives on the streets they call home.”