The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN) promotes communication and cooperation among all individuals who have a special interest in adolescent literature, presents programs and conferences on this subject, promotes and increases the number of articles and publications devoted to it and integrates the efforts of all those with an interest in this literature.

Below is a list of the officers and directors and leaders of ALAN, as well as our Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and our Anti-Harassment Policy. (Click here for a list of past presidents and board members.)

Current ALAN Officers


Mark Letcher (Alanexecdirector@gmail.com)


Sarah Ressler Wright


Ricki Ginsberg


Dani King-Watkins

Terms end Fall 2021Terms end Fall 2022Terms end Fall 2023
Shanetia Clark
SJ Donovan
Sybil Durand
Lizette Serrano
Jewel Davis
Victor Malo-Juvera
Lisa Morris-Wilkey
Shalonda Foster
Keisha Rembert
Julia Torres

Daria Bliss


Sherrye Tillman


Alyssa Chrisman

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Dr. Susan Groenke, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Arianna Banack, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Caitlin Metheny, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Dr. Rosa Nam, Clark University

T. Hunter Strickland


Sarah Chan


Alison Daniels

Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

2019 Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

It is the policy of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and its Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN) to embrace human diversity and demonstrate sensitivity to the concerns of people historically underrepresented or marginalized. This includes all underrepresented groups reflecting the range of human differences, among which are race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical challenges, and religion. This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list, only a list of examples.

Among our aims are to include a diverse range of participants (1) on appointed commissions, boards, committees, task forces, and other official groups; (2) among the leadership of the above groups; and (3) among the nominees presented by each nominating committee. In addition, in NCTE conventions and workshop sessions we will include substantial programs dealing with interests of a diverse range of participants, and engage leaders and/or consultants who are practicing teachers, librarians, youth program directors, etc., representing levels of instruction involved who reflect the group whose concerns around which a program revolves. In addition, ALAN will attempt to ensure that all facilities for participants at events have physical and sensory accessibility with the help of NCTE and the convention venue.

We also resolve to include people representing all groups in verbal and visual materials intended to represent or describe ALAN. In 2018 ALAN established an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee (EDI), and a position on the ALAN Board of Directors for the EDI Committee Chair.  The purpose of this officer and advisory committee includes recommendations for policy creation and for concrete actions for implementation. The EDI Committee will provide an annual report of advisements, recommendations and accomplishments to the ALAN Board of Directors at each annual board meeting in November, the contents of which will be passed on to the NCTE.

ALAN Anti-Harassment Policy

ALAN has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment and is committed to a conference free of harassment of any kind.  If you have been harassed or have witnessed harassment of any kind, please email ConductALAN@gmail.com and a member of the Board will respond immediately.  Anyone can report harassment. This policy applies to attendees, authors, publishers, panelists, vendors, and volunteers.

Harassment includes but is not limited to: unwanted verbal communication, unwanted physical interaction of any kind, unwanted recording including audio, visual, or photographs of any kind, unwanted or unsolicited comments regarding physical appearance, bathroom policing, or intentional disruption of programming or organized activity related to the conference.

Harassment may be in relation to protected categories which include but are not limited to: age, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, ethnicity, national origin, or religion.

Harassment does not include respectful disagreement or reasonable and respectful critique made in good faith. ALAN continues to welcome and appreciate presentation of appropriate controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. ALAN encourages members and attendees to hold one another accountable to this policy, and to take the perspectives of others seriously when a disagreement arises.

Violation of this policy may result in immediate removal from the workshop and/or event and exclusion from future events, as well as any other action that the Board of Directors feels is appropriate. Violation of this policy may result in police involvement, if deemed necessary.

ALAN is committed to providing a safe, welcoming, respectful space for everyone and urges participants to report any behavior that makes them uncomfortable.