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A Wrap Up of the 63rd CCCC Annual Convention
from NCTE INBOX 3-27-12 

Last week, the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) held its 63rd Annual Convention, "Writing Gateways." The following resources from NCTE connect to what took place in St. Louis.

CCCC Chair Malea Powell addressed attendees with "Stories Take Place," drawing attention to threads of narrative that weave into the tapestry of our collective work. Read Powell's College Composition and Communication article "Rhetorics of Survivance: How American Indians Use Writing" (C).

Award-winning poet and author Jimmy Santiago Baca shared in his session last week how literacy became for him a gateway from prison to a new life. The NCTE Council Chronicle article "Jimmy Santiago Baca: Poetry as Lifesaver" (G) elaborates on how poetry helped to save him. 

Adolescent Literacy and the Teaching of ReadingIn her session, Deborah Appleman highlighted some of her literacy work in prisons. In her book Adolescent Literacy and the Teaching of Reading: Lessons for Teachers of Literature (M-S), she dismantles the traditional divide between secondary teachers of literature and teachers of reading and offers a variety of practical ways to teach reading within the context of literature classrooms. Appleman's perspective on struggling readers (G) has been informed by her work with prisoners at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Digital Griots: African American Rhetoric in a Multimedia AgeAdam Banks presented on "Technologizing Funk/Funkin Technology: Stevie Wonder's Talking Book as a Gateway to a Black Digital Rhetoric." Banks is also the author of the recently published Digital Griots: African American Rhetoric in a Multimedia Age (C) which compels readers to think about what they know of African American rhetoric in fresh and useful ways.

Richard Lanham, frequently cited for his work in rhetoric, shared his thoughts on rhetoric now with “‘That stuff hasn’t changed much in 2500 years, has it?’ Rhetorical Terms in an Attention Economy.” Read one of Lanham's early pieces in College English,The Rhetorical Paideia: The Curriculum as a Work of Art” (C).

At the Convention, Rachel Bagby led a dynamic session focusing on a new poetic form, the Dekaaz. Dekaaz can be thought of as a new form of lucid expression: ten syllables in three lines, similar to ancient haiku, but different. See submitted examples on Twitter by looking for #dekaaz.

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