Project Gallery: The Poetry Vlog

YouTube channel and podcast dedicated to building social justice coalitions
C. R. Grimmer headshot


TPV Seasons 1-4 include over 85 video and podcast episodes. Guests range from Pulitzer Prize-Winning poet Jericho Brown and 2019 National Youth Poet Laureate Kara Keeling to Undigenous and Native poetics scholar and poet Sarah Dowling and OA education partner ModPo at the University of Pennsylvania. Spring 2020 at the onset of COVID-19, the series shifted to providing instructional videos for scholars and poets moving to remote learning and research. It also hosted a fundraising event for the Black Trans Network. Season 4 will be the final season and will be published as a peer-reviewed Critical Edition, which is under contract as a mixed-media OA book with the University of Michigan Press for 2023-2024.

Professor A.D. Carson (AKA "Aydee the Great") discusses "academic rap," Black Studies, insights on his album and mixtap/e/ssay 'i used to love to dream'.


Poet Jericho Brown joins TPV and reads his original work, discusses religion and the symbolism behind flowers in his writing, and the issues surrounding our search for similarities between ourselves and others.


Poet and educator Chen Chen reads an original poem and discusses writing trauma, vulnerability & expectations, queer kinship & community, and how it all connects with "Home Alone."


Novelist SJ Sindu reads an original piece and discusses bringing poetic sensibility to prose writing, self-healing and establishing boundaries, and navigating femmephobia as a femme writer.


2019 Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Azura Tyabji reads "India Poems." We discuss Arundhati Roy, diaspora, and how to navigate instagram, twitter, and related social media when sharing trauma narratives -- especially ones that are not our own.
Poet, writer, and scholar Larissa Lai reads and discusses her original works, the differences between fiction and poetry, and introduces Affect Theory as a comparison to the enlightenment-bound self.


poet and educator Jane Wong reads her original work and discusses how poetry can relate to our experiences of class, labor and community.


Prageeta Sharma reads from her book Grief Sequence, discusses the elegy form, and about connecting with abstraction.


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C.R. Grimmer (she/they)

C. R. Grimmer is a poet and scholar from Southeast Michigan's Metro-Detroit area. C. R. received their Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Washington (UW) as well as their M.F.A. in Creative Writing and M.A. in English Literature at Portland State University (PSU). They are the author of The Lyme Letters, which won the Walt McDonald First Book Award from Texas Tech University Press.