Literacy in the 21st century no longer refers only to reading and writing; rather there is an increased emphasis on multiple, new and digital literacies. Our theme this year, “Activist Literacies: Inspire, Engage, Create, Transform” draws on this evolving nature of literacy with a particular focus on addressing issues of importance to schools and communities. This theme extends to multiple and multimodal literacies, arts-based, performance-based, and digital literacy, broadening and connecting literacy across traditionally separated disciplines and borders. Activist literacies challenge the binary between high theory and practice by emphasizing participatory action and acknowledging a more dialogical relationship between theory and practice. We want to frame the inaugural JoLLE@UGA conference in a new way, one that is action-oriented, informed by research and practice, and also inventive and creative at its very core.