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Literacy Review

The Literacy Review

The Literacy Review is an annual journal of writing from adult literacy programs throughout New York City. Edited by Gallatin students, the book is distributed at a celebration that includes readings by the newly published writers.

The faculty advisers for the Literacy Review are Allyson Paty and Corinne Butta.

Call for Volume 22 Editorial Board Members

Are you interested in writing, editing, and/or community engagement? By joining The Literacy Review Editorial Board, you can become involved in these activities over winter break.

Between December 22nd and January 8th, each board member will read about 50 submissions (out of a total of about 350) and recommend the best for publication. Board members will not edit but make an important contribution by choosing the long list of works for the book, from which the six main student editors, who have been planning the book this fall, will make the final choices.

Members of the editorial board will be named in the book and invited to the event celebrating its publication in May.

If you’d like to join the editorial board, please apply by Friday, December 8, telling (1) why you're interested and (2) the kinds of experience you've had or skills you hope to gain in writing, editing, and community work.


The Literacy Review Workshops

Out of The Literacy Review grew an annual, all-day series of workshops for teachers of writing to adults. Gallatin students involved with The Literacy Review help to plan and facilitate the workshops, which serve more than 150 literacy professionals and volunteers each year.

2018 Literacy Review Workshops participants

2019 Literacy Review Workshops participants. Photographs by Shreya Biswal.

Literacy Project

In addition to the annual Literacy Review and Workshops, Gallatin's Literacy Project includes the course "Race, Social Justice, and Adult Literacy"; opportunities to tutor writing at New York City public high schools; opportunities to student-teach in a weekly advanced writing class for adult immigrants at University Settlement Society; and a number of other publications. Past Literacy Project publications include: Refugee Writing, co-published with the International Rescue Committee; Where I'm From, words and images from Morocco, Ghana, and Italy collected by Gallatin graduates; and a biennial of works by University Settlement writers, most recently Twenty!, in honor of the class's twentieth anniversary.


Covers of three volumes of works by University Settlement ESOL students

Covers of An Imaginary Trip around the World (published in 2018), Unique and Incomparable (2016), and Changing Every Day (2014).