CLR 12 is now on sale

Web trial issue 12

CLR 12—themed on Script as Identity—is now on sale! We’re hugely pleased with the issue, which features work by William Melvin Kelley, Ray Crump, Harry Josephine Giles, Shivanee Ramlochan, G. C. Waldrep, Renos Apostolidis, Vahni Capildeo, Peter Gizzi, and Rhys Trimble, among others. Take a look at the cover art and the contents, and order a copy using the menu above.


Join the Cambridge Literary Review for an evening of poetry with Harry Josephine Giles, Shola von Reinhold, and Alison Rumfitt.

Tickets are available via this link:


Harry Josephine Giles is a writer and performer from Orkney, living in Leith. Their verse novel Deep Wheel Orcadia is coming out with Picador in October 2021. Their poetry collections The Games (Out-Spoken Press, 2018) and Tonguit (Freight Books 2015) were between them shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Saltire Prize and the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. They have a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Stirling. Their show Drone debuted in the Made in Scotland Showcase at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe and toured internationally, and their performance What We Owe was picked by the Guardian’s best-of-the-Fringe 2013 roundup – in the “But Is It Art?” category.

Shola von Reinhold is a writer based in Glasgow. After a number of disastrous auditions at the Bolshoi Ballet between 1903 and 1905, Shola lowered their sights and went on to complete an MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. LOTE, their debut novel was published in 2020 by Jacaranda Books as part of the Twenty in 2020 initiative to publish twenty Black British writers in a year. 

Alison Rumfitt is a writer and semi-professional trans woman. Her debut pamphlet of poetry, The T(y)ranny, was a critical deconstruction of Margaret Atwood’s work through the lens of a trans woman navigating her own misogynistic dystopia. It was published by Zarf Editions in 2019. Tell Me I’m Worthless is her debut novel. Her work has appeared in countless publications such as SPORAZINE, datableed, The Final Girls, Burning House Press, SOFT CARTEL, Glass Poetry and more. Her poetry was nominated – twice! – for the Rhysling Award in 2018. You can find her on Twitter @hangsawoman and on Instagram. She loves her friends.

CLR Reading Series Announcement

We are pleased to announce the launch of the CLR Reading Series. Working alongside established writers, we are hoping to platform new voices who really shine. Each event will feature a headline reader and their nominated co-readers for an hour of poetry and fiction. A variety of tickets will be available via Eventbrite. All readings will be held online. Any proceeds from the event will be split among the readers. Keep an eye here or follow us @camlitrev on Twitter and Instagram for further updates.

Forthcoming events:

14 May @ 8pm: Harry Josephine Giles with Shola von Reinhold and Alison Rumfitt

31 May @ 2pm US/7pm UK: Peter Gizzi with Hannah Brooks-Motl and Luke Roberts

June tbc: Vahni Capildeo with Andre Bagoo and Paige Smeaton

CLR 11: Manifestos is now £5

You can now get CLR 11: Manifestos delivered within the UK for just £5 including postage. This issue from 2018 contains contemporary writing by Isabel Waidner, Sean Bonney, Nisha Ramayya, Shola von Reinhold, John Wilkinson, Drew Milne, Nick Makoha, and many others, as well as material from the archives of Audre Lorde and Jean Sénac. Check out the full contents, and buy a copy.

Read Online from Issue 12: Jesi Kelley, “Words about Dunfords”

We’re delighted to be making Jesi Kelley’s essay “Words about Dunfords, because the words in Dunfords are work” available on the website. This introduction to William Melvin Kelley’s Dunfords Travels Everywheres appears in CLR 12 alongside an extract from Dunfords, and illustrations by Aiki Kelley.

To view the full contents of CLR 12 and other material from the issue, click here.

Alice Hiller on Art as Activism in the Aftermaths of Trauma

In CLR 12 we were pleased to publish two poems by Alice Hiller: “twice told” and “quadrant”. In a recent essay published on her website she discusses the construction of these poems, and the activist aspect of her current work’s reckoning with trauma and experiences of abuse. Read “Marking the Spaces of our Silences” here.

CLR 12 Virtual Launch: Spencer Thomas Campbell, “Chroma Key”

The first and last scenes of Chroma Key, a play by Spencer Thomas Campbell, as published in issue 12 of the CLR.

This video is excerpted from a Title:Point production at The Brick, Brooklyn, NY, January 2017, directed by Theresa Buchheister and Spencer Thomas Campbell. These scenes star Ryan William Downey as Man and Kate Hurley as Girl. Recording by Jon Burklund for ZANNI Productions.

With our thanks to Spencer for providing and editing the video.