C. R. Grimmer

C. R. Grimmer, who also goes by Chelsea Grimmer and uses she/her and they/them pronouns interchangeably is the author of The Lyme Letters (#thelymeletters). They are also the author of 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 fellowships such as The Simpson Center for the Humanities' Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Public Humanities Fellowship. They received their MFA in Creative Writing from Portland State University in 2013, MA in Literature from the same institution in 2014, and BA from Oakland University in 2011. 


In Winter 2021, C. R. began a new position as Communications Manager for The Simpson Center for the Humanities at the UW. They are also currently a Public Scholarship Project Director in the UW Department of English, where they are the Series Editor for "Literature, Language, Culture: A 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.

The artwork on this and the Books page is by Colleen Burner (they/them). The full series can viewed in the print edition of O–(ezekiel's wife).

The Lyme Letters by C. R. Grimmer Queer
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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"

C. R. Grimmer 

& The Poetry Vlog (TPV)

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C. R. Grimmer, Ph.D, M.A., M.F.A.

The University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98144

©2018 by C. R. Grimmer.