Nomination Deadline: August 1
Purpose: The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Lavender Rhetorics Award is presented annually to four works (one book, one article or book chapter, one dissertation, and one nontraditional scholarly text) published within the past two years that best make queer interventions into the study of composition and rhetoric. Works should rise to a high level of excellence in their originality, the significance of their pedagogical or theoretical contributions to the field, their affective impact, and their existing or potential influence.
Eligibility: For the 2022 awards, works must have been published/conferred in calendar year 2020 or 2021. To be eligible for an award, both the author of the work and the individual making the nomination must be members of CCCC and/or NCTE at the time of nomination.
Award Criteria: The Selection Committee will consider the nature of the problem(s) addressed, the contribution’s timeliness, how effectively the work utilizes research or scholarship to fill voids in our existing knowledge, how well the work demonstrates potential for application (pedagogically or in other contexts), affective impact, and what promise the work holds for future exploration and investigation.
Award Specifics: Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. Nominations must be received by August 1, 2021. Please submit the following items to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Book Award: A one-page statement of the work’s contribution to queer scholarship in rhetoric and composition studies. (Note: It is not necessary to send copies of the nominated book.) In the case that an edited collection is selected, editors and contributors will receive the award equally.
- Article or Book Chapter Award: A one-page statement of the work’s contribution to queer scholarship in rhetoric and composition studies as well as an electronic copy of the article. Nominators may, if they choose, put forward an entire special issue. In the case that the special issue is selected, editors and contributors will receive the award equally.
- Dissertation Award: A one-page statement of the work’s contribution to queer scholarship in rhetoric and composition studies as well as an electronic copy of the dissertation.
- Nontraditional Scholarship Award: A one-page statement of the work’s contribution to queer scholarship in rhetoric and composition studies with specific attention to the ways the nominated text breaks with traditional scholarly presentation of ideas as well as a link to or electronic copy of the text.
Individuals may only win one award per year and no more than one award in a two-year period.
Any unanticipated cases facing the awards committee that make selection difficult will be resolved by members of that committee with a rationale provided to the Queer Caucus Co-chairs and CCCC Chair.
Recipients of these awards will be recognized and receive a plaque or, in the case of special issues or edited collections, a certificate at a reception during the CCCC Annual Convention. Winners will be notified in January.
Congratulations to the 2020 Recipients!
2020 Article Award
Johnathan Smilges, “White Squares to Black Boxes: Grindr, Queerness, Rhetorical Silence,” Rhetoric Review, 2019
John Smilges’ “White Squares to Black Boxes: Grindr, Queerness, Rhetorical Silence” engages current conversations in queer rhetorics, destabilizing the silent/speaking dichotomy to explore the role that silence plays in visual, material, and embodied rhetorical action; it also productively destabilizes the in/out dichotomy exploring the way queer men on Grindr communicate their overt and covert sexualities and practices.
2020 Book Award
William P. Banks, Matthew B. Cox, and Caroline Dadas, Re/Orienting Writing Studies: Queer Methods, Queer Projects, Utah State University Press, 2019
William Banks, Matthew Cox, and Caroline Dadas—and the 11 other scholars who contributed to this edited volume—deepens our understandings of the ways all research in writing studies can benefit from a queer orientation. This collection builds on previous work in essential ways, moving forward the conversation about what a queer turn could look like. Its diversity of sites—archives, classrooms, etc.—creates broad appeal to readers established in the field or new to it.
2020 Dissertation Award
Josie Rush, Just Between Us Girls: Discursive Spaces from America’s First Gay Magazine to the World’s Last Website for Queer Women, 1947–2019
Josie Rush’s dissertation traces connections between lesbian print publications of the mid-20th century and more recent web publications, offering a historicized and nuanced theorizing of authority and authorship. This intersectional work demonstrates the value of attending to voices often overlooked in academic spaces; it holds up the value of exploring queer lived experience in physical and online spaces.
Lavender Rhetorics Award Winners
Article: Johnathan Smilges, “White Squares to Black Boxes: Grindr, Queerness, Rhetorical Silence,” Rhetoric Review, 2019
Book: William P. Banks, Matthew B. Cox, and Caroline Dadas, Re/Orienting Writing Studies: Queer Methods, Queer Projects, Utah State University Press, 2019
Dissertation: Josie Rush, “Just Between Us Girls: Discursive Spaces from America’s First Gay Magazine to the World’s Last Website for Queer Women, 1947–2019”
Article: Joyce Olewski Inman, “Breaking out of the Basic Writing Closet: Queering the Thirdspace of Composition.” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture, 2018.
Book: Melanie Yergeau, Authoring Autism: Authoring Autism: On Rhetoric and Neurological Queerness. Duke University Press, 2017.
Dissertation: Seth E. Davis, “Fierce: Black Queer Literacies of Survival”
Article: Collin Craig, “Courting the Abject: A Taxonomy of Black Queer Rhetoric.” College English, 2017.
Book: Eric Darnell Pritchard. Fashioning Lives: Black Queers and the Politics of Literacy. Southern Illinois University Press, 2016.
Dissertation: Stephanie West-Puckett, “Materializing Makerspaces: Queerly Composing Space, Time, and (What) Matters”
2018 Book Award Honorable Mention
Qwo-Li Driskill. Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory. The University of Arizona Press, 2016.
Article: Jean Bessette, “Queer Rhetoric in Situ.” Rhetoric Review, 2016.
Book: Jonathan Alexander and Jacqueline Rhodes. Sexual Rhetorics: Methods, Identities, Publics. Routledge, 2016.
Dissertation: Jon M. Wargo, “Connective Compositions and Sitings of Selves: Elastic Literacies, Queer Rhetorics, and the Online/Offline Politics of LGBT Youth Writing”
Book: Jacqueline Rhodes and Jonathan Alexander. Techne: Queer Meditations on Writing the Self. Computers and Composition Digital Press/Utah State University Press, 2015.
Dissertation: Kathleen Livingston, “The Queer Art & Rhetoric of Consent: Theories, Practices, Pedagogies”
Article: R. Joseph Rodriguez, “There Are Many Rooms.” Pennsylvania Literary Journal 6(1), Spring 2014.
Book: Serkan Gorkemli. Grassroots Literacies: Lesbian and Gay Activism and the Internet in Turkey. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2014.
Dissertation: Garrett Wedekind Nichols, “Rural Drag: Settler Colonialism and the Queer Rhetorics of Rurality”
Article: Eric Darnell Pritchard, “For Queer Kids Who Committed Suicide, Our Outrage Isn’t Enough: Queer Youth of Color, Bullying, and the Discursive Limits of Identity and Safety.” Harvard Educational Review, 2013, 83:2, 320-345.
Dissertation: G Patterson, “Doing Justice: Addressing the LGBTQ-Religious Junction in English Studies”