C. R. Grimmer
C. R. Grimmer, who also goes by Chelsea Grimmer and uses she/her and they/them pronouns interchangeably, is a poet, scholar, and lecturer at The University of Washington Seattle and Bothell campuses. Their books include The Lyme Letters, forthcoming Fall 2020 from Texas Tech University Press as the Walt McDonald First Book Award Recipient, and O–(ezekiel's wife), a chapbook and audiobook collaboration from GASHER Journal and Press. Recently, C. R. completed their Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies with support from The Simpson Center for the Humanities' Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Public Humanities Fellowship.
C. R. is currently a Lecturer, Assistant Director of Digital Pedagogy, and Public Scholarship Project Director in the UW Department of English, where they run the new "Language, Literature, Culture" Dialogue Series. C. R. created and hosts The Poetry Vlog, has poems in journals such as Poetry Magazine, FENCE Magazine, and [PANK], and has published articles in journals such as The Comparatist.
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.
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"We write for and from an 'and' in the hopes
to better describe actually existing and
potential queer worlds that thrive with, through, and because of the negative."
– Lisa Duggan & Jose Esteban Muñoz, "Hope and Hopelessness"