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Antiracist Reading List

Co-chairs: Annie Del Principe, Kingsborough Community College (, Maggie Fernandes, Virginia Tech, and Derek Mueller, Virginia Tech (

As members of the CWPA Executive Board, we’ve compiled this curated list of scholarly resources focused on creating more equitable, antiracist writing courses and programs. This list is simply a start and is not intended to be exhaustive. We welcome suggestions for other resources to include in future iterations, and we commit to updating this list annually to include new scholarship and fresh voices and perspectives. We imagine writing teachers and WPAs might use this list in various ways. Perhaps this list might be a place for a department or college-wide reading group to start. Perhaps it might be a place for individual scholars currently unfamiliar with antiracist writing studies scholarship to start their own studies. In order to help users find resources that are relevant to their needs and interests, we’ve categorized the resources list using the hashtags #pedagogy, #administration, and #assessment. 


“This Ain’t Another Statement! This is a DEMAND for Black Linguistic Justice!” NCTE. July 2020. [#pedagogy]

Symposium: Challenging Whiteness And/in Writing Program Administration and Writing Programs.WPA: Writing Program Administration, vol. 39, no. 2, Spring 2016. [#administration]

Baker-Bell, April. “Dismantling anti-black linguistic racism in English language arts classrooms: Toward an anti-racist black language pedagogy.” Theory into Practice 59.1 (2020): 8-21. [#pedagogy]

Ball, Arnetha. “Expanding the dialogue on culture as a critical component when assessing writing.” Assessing Writing, vol. 4, no. 2. 1997. 169-202. [#assessment]

Broad, Bob. What We Really Value: Beyond Rubrics in Teaching and Assessing Writing. Utah St UP, 2003. [#assessment]

Broad, Bob, Linda Adler-Kassner, Barry Alford, and Jane Detweiler, eds. Organic Writing Assessment: Dynamic Criteria Mapping in Action. Utah St UP, 2009. [#assessment]

Clary-Lemon, J. (2009) The racialization of composition studies: Scholarly rhetoric of race since 1990. College Composition and Communication 61 (2) [On-line] Available at [#administration]

Condon, F., & Young, V.A., Eds. (2017). Performing Antiracist Pedagogy in Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication. The WAC Clearinghouse; Parlor Press. [#pedagogy]

Inoue, Asao. Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing Writing for a Socially Just Future. The WAC Clearinghouse; Parlor Press, 2015. [#assessment]

Inoue, Asao. “Classroom Writing Assessment as an Antiracist Practice: Confronting Write Supremacy in the Judgments of Language.” Pedagogy, vol. 19, no. 3, 2019. 373-404. [#assessment]

Inoue, Asao. “How Do You Do Labor-Based Grading In Pre-Existing Curricula?” Asao B. Inoue’s Infrequent Words. 11 Apr 2020. [#assessment]

Inoue, Asao. Labor-Based Grading Contracts: Building Equity and Inclusion in the Compassionate Writing Classroom. Perspectives on Writing. The WAC Clearinghouse; University Press of Colorado, 2019. [#assessment]

Inoue, Asao, and Mya Poe, eds. Race and Writing Assessment. Studies in Composition and Rhetoric. Peter Lang, 2012. [#assessment]

Kelly-Riley, Diane. “Validity Inquiry of Race and Shared Evaluation Practice in a Large-scale, University-wide Writing Portfolio Assessment.” The Journal of Writing Assessment, vol. 4, no. 1, 2011. [#assessment]

Kynard, Carmen. "Teaching while black: Witnessing disciplinary whiteness, racial violence, and race-management." Literacy in Composition Studies 3.1 (2015): 1-20. [#pedagogy]

Matsuda, Paul Kei. "The myth of linguistic homogeneity in US college composition." College English 68.6 (2006): 637-651. [#pedagogy]

Mueller, Genevieve Garcia de, and Iris Ruiz. "Race, Silence, and Writing Program Administration: A Qualitative Study of US College Writing Programs." WPA: Writing Program Administration, vol. 40, no. 2, Spring 2017. [#administration]

Mueller, Genevieve Garcia de. “WPA and the New Civil Rights Movement.” WPA: Writing Program Administration, vol. 39, no. 2, Spring 2016, pp. 36-41. [#administration]

Perryman-Clark, Staci M. and Collin Lamont Craig. “Black Perspectives in Writing Program Administration.” [#administration]

Smitherman, G., & Villanueva, V. (2003). Language diversity in the classroom: From intention to practice. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press. [#pedagogy]

Syverson, Peg. The Learning Record. [#assessment]

Young, Vershawn Ashanti. "Should Writers Use They Own English?." Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies 12.1 (2010): 110-117. [#pedagogy]

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