Kim Donehower

Putting Literacy in its Place

Kim Donehower grew up in Mills River and Asheville, North Carolina, and is now an associate professor of English at the University of North Dakota, in Grand Forks. Her B.A. in English is from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her Ph.D. is from the University of Minnesota. Kim’s research focuses on the tensions between representations of rural literacy and the ways literacy functions in rural places. She has studied communities in the southern Appalachian mountains and in the Drift Prairie region of North Dakota. With Charlotte Hogg and Eileen E. Schell, Kim has published Rural Literacies (SIUP 2007) and the forthcoming Reclaiming the Rural: Essays on Rhetoric, Literacy, and Pedagogy (SIUP 2012). Her work can also be found in the Journal of Appalachian Studies and in Women and Literacy: Local and Global Inquiries for a New Century (Erlbaum/NCTE 2007). Kim is a member of the international Rural Literacies and Education research network (REAL). She also directs the Red River Valley Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project.