C. R. Grimmer (they/them)

Part-time Lecturer
C. R. squinting with a closed lip smile at the sun, hair back in two french braids, wearing a floral spaghetti strap tank top and resin pink and brown dangle earrings. The Seattle skyline is blurred in the background.

Contact Information

Office Hours
By appointment: cgrimmer@uw.edu


Ph.D., English and Cultural Studies, University of Washington, 2019
M.F.A., Creative Writing: Poetry, Portland State University, 2013
M.A., English Language and Literatures, Portland State University, 2014

C. R. Grimmer (she/her, they/them) is currently the Public Scholarship Project Director. They created and run the "Language, Literature, Culture" Dialogue Series as Series Editor with support from Project Manager and lead Video Editor Jacob Huebsch and Social Media Intern Reagan Welsh. C. R. is also at The Simpson Center for the Humanities as the Communications Manager

As a poet-scholar-teacher, C. R. is the author of The Lyme Letters, recipient of the Walt McDonald First Book Award at Texas Tech University Press and O–(ezekiel's wife), a chapbook and audiobook collaboration from GASHER Journal and Press. They have poems in journals such as Poetry Magazine, FENCE Magazine, Prairie Schooner, and [PANK], and peer-reviewed research in journals and anthologies such as The Comparatist. C. R. also created and hosts The Poetry Vlog, a teaching YouTube Channel and Podcast dedicated to building social justice coalitions through arts and scholarship dialogues. Their peer-reviewed, mixed-media ebook, The Poetry Vlog: Critical Edition is forthcoming from University of Michigan's OA imprint, Fulcrum.

Their work has received support through fellowships such as the Harlan Hahn Disability Studies Fellowship, a summer Mellon Fellowship at The Simpson Center, and the Jack Straw Cultural Center. You are welcome to learn more at crgrimmer.com.

Their current scholarly book project, Poetry as Public Scholarship: Activist Poetics in the Time of Social Media, combines research analysis and practitioner discourses through text, audio, and video to examine the relationships between racial capitalism, popularized poetry, digital humanities' social engagement, and public scholarship methods.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship for Public Scholarship 2019
Walt McDonald First Book Prize, Texas Tech University Press, 2020
Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogies Fellowship 2017-2018
Harlan Hahn Disability Studies Fellowship 2016-2017.
See crgrimmer.com or full C. V. for all awards, fellowships, and scholarships.


Courses Taught

Winter 2021

Autumn 2020

Spring 2020

Winter 2020

Additional Courses

See C. V. or crgrimmer.com for complete teaching history across Portland State University and both UW Seattle and Bothell Campuses.

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