Adela C. Licona

Adela C. Licona, Associate Professor Emeritus of English and outgoing Vice Chair of the Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Graduate Minor served as affiliated faculty in Gender and Women’s Studies, Institute of the Environment,  Mexican American Studies, and Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English. She is the interim Executive Director of BorderLinks and the co-founder of Write to Thrive, W2T. The W2T model is intentionally designed as an informal (online and/or in-person) writing group that is supportive of participating writers in developing a generative writing routine and in supporting our shared desire to write! It acknowledges our collective need to write while refusing neoliberal measures and metrics of accountability that reduce writing to obligations for academic survival. It does not use the extreme language of “publish or perish” nor the militarized language of a writing “boot camp.”  Importantly, the W2T model seeks joy in the process. Simply, the idea is to make a writing appointment with yourself daily and to show up for it as you would for any other appointment you schedule and to support one another in doing so.

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Her research and teaching interests include space and visual rhetorics, cultural, ethnic, gender, and sexuality studies, race, borderlands studies, social justice media, environmental justice, feminist pedagogy, community literacies, and action-oriented research.

Adela is co-editor of Feminist Pedagogy: Looking Back to Move Forward (JHUP, 2009), author of Zines In Third Space: Radical Cooperation and Borderlands Rhetoric (SUNY Press, 2012), and co-editor of Precarious Rhetorics (OSUP, forthcoming).

Adela’s photography has appeared in Versal Journal; Edible Baja Magazine; TRIVIA journal; Proximities; Terrain; Kairos; Community Literacy Journal; and the Rasp and the Wine. It has been exhibited across the U.S.

Adela has served as the co-director of the Crossroads Collaborative, a Ford Foundation-funded think-and-act research, writing, and teaching collective designed for action-oriented research on youth, sexuality, health, rights, and justice. Together with graduate students, she is co-founder of Feminist Action Research in Rhetoric, FARR, a group of progressive feminist scholars committed to public scholarship and community dialogue. She served as the 2015-16 Co-Chair of the National Women’s Studies Association, NWSA, Conference. She is Editor Emeritus of Feminist Formations, and she serves on the advisory/editorial boards for QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking, Feminist Formations, the Primavera Foundation, and the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, a project of Spoken Futures.

Contact: aclicona @ email DOT arizona DOT edu