About C. R. Grimmer (she/they) Ph.D., M.F.A., M.A. C. R. Grimmer is a poet, scholar, and lecturer from Southeast Michigan's Metro-Detroit area. They received their Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Washington (UW). Before that, they did their M.F.A. in Creative Writing and then an M.A. in English Literature at Portland State University (P.S.U.). They teach on the Seattle and Bothell UW campuses, as well as at South Seattle Community College. Their courses focus on multimodal composition, creative writing, and cultural studies. Across different disciplines and campuses, course topics examine gender, race, sexuality, and (dis)ability studies across poetry, pop culture, essay composition, and related and multimodal arts and poetics. Their latest manuscript, O (ezekiel's wife) is forthcoming from GASHER in collaboration with artist, poet, and novelist Colleen Burner. For more information and pre-order, see the publications page.
Recently, they have received an Andrew. W. Mellon Foundation grant for Public Scholarship, are a Jack Straw Artist Fellow, and produced their first poetry manuscript, The Lyme Letters, with support from The Harlan Hahn Disability Studies Endowment. They were a finalist for an ACLS Digital Extensions Grant, and The Lyme Letters, still under review for publication, has been a finalist and semi-finalist with presses such as Alice James Books, Pleiades, and Kelsey Street Press.
Their poems have appeared or are forthcoming in POETRY, FENCE, Drunken Boat, [PANK], and more. Scholarly publications can be found in, are under review with, or forthcoming in journals and edited collections, such as The Comparatist and Contemporary Literature. For more on publications, see publications and C.V. at crgrimmer.com.
The Poetry Vlog is a YouTube Teaching Channel and Podcast dedicated to building social justice coalitions through poetry, pop culture, cultural studies, and related arts dialogues. Season 1 debuted in Fall 2018 and Season 2 in Winter 2019. After a June 2019 break, Season 3 will be funded by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Summer Fellowship, with training and support provided by the Jack Straw Cultural Center's Artist Support Fellowship. See thepoetryvlog.com for season archives and more information.