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Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship

Nomination Deadline: August 1

Purpose: The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Lavender Rhetorics Award is presented annually to three works (one book, one article, and one dissertation) 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, and their existing or potential influence.

Eligibility: For the 2020 awards, works must have been published/conferred in calendar year 2018 or 2019. 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), 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, 2019. Please submit the following items to

  • 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.)
  • Article 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.
  • 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.

Recipients of these awards will be recognized and receive a plaque at a reception during the CCCC Annual Convention. Winners will be notified in January.

Lavender Rhetorics Award Winners

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”

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.

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”

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