Valerie Kinloch is associate professor in literacy studies at The Ohio State University, co-editor of the NCTE/Routledge Book Series in Literacy, and director of the Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color program (CNV). Her research examines literacy engagements and spatial narratives of youth and adults in and out of schools. She is the author of June Jordan: Her Life and Letters (2006) and co-editor of Still Seeking an Attitude: Critical Reflections on the Work of June Jordan (2004). Valerie’s most recent book is an edited collection of critical essays titled Urban Literacies: Critical Perspectives on Language, Learning and Community (2011), from which all proceeds and royalties go to support the Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color program. Her book Harlem on Our Minds: Place, Race, and the Literacies of Urban Youth received the 2011 Exemplar Research in Teaching and Teacher Education Award from Division K (Teaching & Teacher Education) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), as well as a 2011 Honorary Mention for Outstanding Research Contribution from Division C (Curriculum Studies) of AERA. In 2010, Valerie was the recipient of the Scholars of Color Early Career Award from AERA and the Dean’s Inspiration Award from The Ohio State University. She is a previous recipient of a Spencer Foundation Small Research Grant and a Grant-In-Aid from the National Council of Teachers of English. She is local project director for a national grant-funded project that prepares over 70 K–12 Columbus City Teachers to design and implement high-quality service-learning projects in their schools and local communities alongside students and community organizations. Currently, Valerie is at work on a co-edited book on service-learning in literacy education and on a research project involving educators, students, and community members in South Carolina and in Sierra Leone, West Africa.