Josh M. Beach

Beach is the Founder and Director of 21st Century Literacy.  He is the author of the textbook and all the teaching materials on this website.  He is also a lecturer at the University of Texas, San Antonio.

Beach has advanced degrees in English, History, Philosophy, and Education and he has been an educator for 20 years.  He has taught many subjects in the Humanities to a broad range of students, from preschool all the way to university, in the United States, South Korea, and China.  As a social entrepreneur, Beach is engaged in educational reform by re-imagining literacy education and the form of the text book. 

Beach's scholarly research focuses on several distinct, but interrelated subjects: The philosophy of knowledge, the science of culture and social institutions, the history and philosophy of education, and literature.  He is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the National Council for the Teachers of English (NCTE), among other scholarly associations.  Beach is also a published poet. 

Links to his books and articles can be found on his website.

Do you want a personalized introduction to 21st Century Literacy and the resources available on this website?  Beach is available for lectures and workshops.  Send him an email.

Thanks to all my students over the years who helped me develop the material that was later used in this book.  Special thanks to those students who gave feedback on the book and who helped me edit and revise the book, especially Rohit Goswami and Danh Phan.


Tim Braun

Braun is an Associate Director of 21st Century Literacy.  He is also a Lecturer at the University of Texas, San Antonio and St. Edwards University. 

He has advanced degrees in History and Theater.  His essays have been published by The New York Times, Huffingtonpost, Culturebot, The Good Men Project, the Austin Chronicle, and The Weeklings, among others. He has been an artists-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony, Djerassi, Santa Fe Art Institute, Edward F. Albee Foundation, Ucross, Blue Mountain Center for the Arts and Humanities, Anderson Center for the Interdisciplinary Studies, Prairie Center For The Arts, Madroño Ranch: A Center for Writing, Art, and the Environment, the Osage Arts Community, HERE Arts Center, The Lilian E. Smith Center, and was a Dorothy Norton Clay fellowship at the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts. The Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Hatch, John Anson Kittredge Fund, and Puffin Foundation, and the City of Austin Cultural Foundation grants have funded his projects.  His plays and operas have been performed in theatres, site-specific spaces, and festivals across the United States and Europe. Playscripts publishes some of his work. He is the co-author of The Hand Book of Creative Writing (Edinburgh University Press) and The Half Life of 64 (Blurb).  He is also on the board of directors of Salvage Vanguard Theatre, and is the Editor-In-Chief of New and Social Media for Fusebox, and is an editor for the New York Journal of Books.

Links to his writing and plays can be found on his website.


John Cline

Cline is an Associate Director of 21st Century Literacy.  He is also a Lecturer at the University of Texas, Austin.  He has a PhD in American Studies.  His work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Oxford American, Film & History, and The Grove Dictionary of American Music, as well as other publications.