• composition studies, Pedagogy, inclusivity, writing studies, creative writing, TESL

Since 2007, Open Words has been dedicated to publishing peer-reviewed articles focusing on political, professional, and pedagogical issues related to teaching composition, rhetoric, reading, creative writing, ESL, and literature to open-admissions and “nonmainstream” student populations. 

Call for Submissions: Special Issue on Grant Writing, Access, and Empowerment. We invite submissions for possible inclusion in a special issue of Open Words: Access and English Studies on the subject of grant writing. View the call to learn more.

Announcement: Originally, the 2019 issue was published December 2019. However, the content was not made available for public view until September 2020 as the journal transitioned from Pearson to the WAC Clearinghouse.


Volume 12, December 2019

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Editor's Introduction

Civic Activism: Community Writing, Practices and Observances to Counter Marginalization by Kristina Gutierrez
DOI: 10.37514/OPW-J.2019.12.1.01

Invited Articles

Doing Democracy: The Salt of the Earth Recovery Project - Citizen Scholars and Activist Writing Across Communities by Michelle Hall Kells
DOI: 10.37514/OPW-J.2019.12.1.02


Hurricane Rhetorics: An Ontological Analysis of the Recovery and Rebuild of Lone Star College-Kingwood after Harvey by Cindy Ross
DOI: 10.37514/OPW-J.2019.12.1.03

Service-Learning in the Community College Composition Classroom: Lessons Learned from Sustainable Projects at One Community College by Darlene Beaman and Julie Jackson
DOI: 10.37514/OPW-J.2019.12.1.04

Literature Circles: Access to Texts by Ronna J. Levy
DOI: 10.37514/OPW-J.2019.12.1.05

Learning is an All Black Thing: Literacy, Pedagogy, and Black Educational Institutions after Brown v. Board of Education by Brandon Erby
DOI: 10.37514/OPW-J.2019.12.1.06

Recognizing Institutional Diversity, Supporting Latinx Students: First-Year Writing Placement and Success at a Small Community Four-Year HSI by Jolivette Mecenas
DOI: 10.37514/OPW-J.2019.12.1.07

El Parque de la Amistad / Friendship Park by Susan Garza and Gabriel Ferreyra
DOI: 10.37514/OPW-J.2019.12.1.08

Book Reviews

Review of Persuasive Acts: Women's Rhetorics in the Twenty-First Century, by Kandice Diaz
DOI: 10.37514/OPW-J.2019.12.1.09

Open Words: Access and English Studies is an open-access, peer-review scholarly journal, published on the WAC Clearinghouse and supported by Colorado State University. Articles are published under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs). ISSN: 2690-3911 (Print) 2690-392X (Online).