#PoemsOfStrength: C.R. Grimmer

FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES welcomes poet C.R. Grimmer, who reads #PoemsOfStrength from their new book 'The Lyme Letters,' out this fall 2020. C.R. is fundraising for the stellar Trans Women of Color Collective (www.twocc.us).


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. www.crgrimmer.com


Our Visibility Campaigns serves as a vehicle to raise awareness of our lived experiences. It is an opportunity for our community members to share their stories and tell their own truths in an effort to be affirmed and see themselves reflected in the social justice landscape. We are deeply invested in developing and advancing the organizing capacity of our leadership team and community members so that we can create opportunities to obtain . everything that they need to thrive in a world designed to erase us off the face of the earth. Over the past three years leadership teams have led the successful development and implementation of culturally competent, trans affirming best practices at government agencies such as the New York City Department of Homeless Services, New York City Human Resources Administration and the New York Police Department. www.twocc.us


Fight for Our Lives is a performance series advocating for communities targeted by divisive politics and systemic oppression (queer, trans, incarcerated, migrants, womxn, people of color). By showcasing local artists, writers, and performers, our series also benefits mission-driven nonprofit organizations. Our goal is to connect nonprofit opportunities to audiences and artists across the Puget Sound area. Fight for Our Lives is grassroots-led and time-limited until January 20, 2021—Inauguration Day.

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