Scholarly Articles


African American Literature

Young Poets

Climate Activists

Children’s Rights

Adult Poets


All Articles:

Conrad, Rachel. “Young Poets and Black Spaces: Vanessa Howard’s Poetics of Nature.” Special lssue on Black Spaces in International Children’s Literature. International Research in Children’s Literature, vol. 16, no. 3, 2023, 267-280.

Conrad, Rachel. “’To take my freedom is to take my breath’: Lillian Myricks and Young Black Poets’ Poetics of Freedom.” Special issue on Youth Poets in Children’s Literature, Media, and Performance. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, vol. 47, no. 4, 2023, 357-369.

Conrad, Rachel. “Anne Frank as Author: Remaking the Diary, Youth Authorship, and Crafting Time.” Teaching Anne Frank, edited by Waltraud Maierhofer, Kirsten Kumpf Baele, and Doyle Stevick. Routledge Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory series. Forthcoming.

Conrad, Rachel and Casey Andrews. “Collaborative Agency and Relationality in a High School/College Poetry Partnership.” Childhood: A Journal of Global Child Research, vol. 30, no. 3, 2023, 286-300.

Conrad, Rachel. “Contemporary Poetry for Children: Toward Diversity, Complexity, and Innovation.” A Companion to Children’s Literature, edited by Karen Coats, Deborah Stevenson, and Vivian Yenika-Agbaw. Blackwell Companion to Literature and Culture series. Wiley Blackwell, 2022, 541-568.

Conrad, Rachel. “Juvenilia, Trauma, and Intersectionality: Introduction to the Editor’s Column.” Journal of Juvenilia Studies, vol. 4, no. 1, 2021, pp. 3-8. DOI:10.29173/jjs72.

Conrad, Rachel and Lesley Peterson. “Collaboration and Connection: Intergenerational Authorship in Al Rabeeah and Yeung’s Homes: A Refugee Story.” Journal of Juvenilia Studies, vol. 4, no. 1, 2021, pp. 32-40. DOI:10.29173/jjs74.

Conrad, Rachel. “Youth Climate Activists Trading on Time: Temporal Strategies in Xiuhtezcatl Martinez’s We Rise and Greta Thunberg’s No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference.” Special Issue on Children’s Literature and Climate Change. The Lion and the Unicorn, vol. 45, 2021, pp. 226-243.

Conrad, Rachel and Cai Rodrigues-Sherley. “Kali Grosvenor, Aurelia Davidson, and the Agency of Young Black Poets.” Literary Cultures and Twentieth-Century Childhoods, edited by Rachel Conrad and Brown Kennedy. Palgrave, 2020.

Conrad, Rachel. “Children’s Right to Write: Young People’s Participation as Producers of Children’s Literature.” Handbook of Children’s Rights: Global and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, edited by Martin D. Ruck, Michele Peterson-Badali and Michael Freeman. Taylor and Francis, 2017.

Conrad, Rachel. “’My sole desire is to move someone through poetry, and allow for my voice to be heard’: Young Poets and Children’s Rights.” Special Issue on Children’s Rights and Children’s Literature. The Lion and the Unicorn, vol. 40, 2016, pp. 196-214.

Conrad, Rachel. “Children Coming Home: The Anticipatory Present in Gwendolyn Brooks’s Poems of Childhood.” Callaloo: Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters, vol. 37, no. 2, 2014, pp. 369-388.

Conrad, Rachel. “’We are masters at childhood’: Time and Agency in Poetry by, for, and about Children.” Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, vol. 5, no. 2, 2013, pp. 124-150. *Received Honor Award from the Children’s Literature Association.

Conrad, Rachel. “’And stay, a minute more, alone’: Time and Subjectivities in Gwendolyn Brooks’s Bronzeville Boys and Girls.”  Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, vol. 38, no. 4, 2013, pp. 379-398.

Conrad, Rachel.  “’My future doesn’t know ME’: Time and Subjectivity in Poetry by Young People.” Childhood: A Journal of Global Child Research, vol. 19, no. 2, 2012, pp. 204-218.

Chang, Kimberly and Rachel Conrad. “Try Following Children’s Leads in Conversations about Race.” Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School, edited by Mica Pollock. The New Press, 2008.

Conrad, Rachel. “’[A]s if she defied the world in her joyousness’: Rereading Darwin on Emotion and Emotional Development.” Human Development, vol. 47, 2004, pp. 40-65.

Conrad, Rachel. “Darwin’s Baby and Baby’s Darwin: Mutual Recognition in Observational Research.” Human Development, vol. 41, 1998, pp. 47-64.