CJ Scruton is a writer, editor, and teacher who grew up in the Lower Mississippi River Valley. They are currently living by the Great Lakes and pursuing a Ph.D. in literature and cultural theory from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Locally, they serve as poetry editor for Cream City Review and a founding member of the Milwaukee Queer Writing Project, as well as serving on the board of the Milwaukee Native American Literary Cooperative.
Their poems have appeared in The Journal, Juked, Foglifter, Barrow Street, North American Review, Puerto del Sol, CutBank, Salamander, The Indianapolis Review, Superstition Review, and other publications.
Scruton’s scholarly work focuses on ghost stories, with an emphasis on broad definitions and narratives of “spirit.” They explore not only how ghost stories represent social norms and fears, but also how stories of spirits and afterlife spaces represent complex cosmological systems that show the many ways souls can move within (and without) bodies, and the many ways matter and energy can interact. In their current writing, they are working to consider these ideas in particular as Indigenous writers — as well as queer, trans, and two-spirit writers — engage with them.