The Writing Ecologies of Older American Activists

  • Yvonne Teems Hofstra University
Keywords: aging, writing ecologies, New Materialism, disability studies


This article presents research on older adults' literacy practices and how materiality plays a role in these activities. The article analyzes interviews with two older adults about their civic engagement and activism and examines the aging Discourse (Gee) as a component of the ambiance (Rickert) within the writers' ecologies. The article seeks to contribute to knowledge of writing ecologies and older adults' literacy practices. 

Author Biography

Yvonne Teems, Hofstra University
Dr. Teems is an assistant professor of writing studies and rhetoric at Hofstra University. She studies older adults, community literacies, and civic engagement administration.