Creative writers and literary scholars may not know how to connect their academic interests with the work of colleagues teaching analytic writing to undergraduates and developing literacy programs in communities outside the university. Both John Dewey and William Carlos Williams offer an answer to the common space of literature and literacy studies: localism. As scholars have shown, the poet drew the concept from a 1920 article by Dewey and built that term into a central tenet of his poetics. Localism can also be understood as crucial to composition and rhetoric (lately called Writing Studies). More directly, this article argues that Williams’s poetics has a striking resonance with the specialized area called community literacy.

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