Gregory Kimbrell is a gay, furry writer specializing in fantastical, surreal, sometimes mind-bending poems populated with animal-headed men, robot doppelgängers, demonic avatars, and doomed wanderers. He uses writing as a means to exercise and expand the imagination and enjoys hybridizing and building upon tropes from sensational popular genres such as sci-fi, horror, erotica, and B movies and experimenting with multimedia compositional strategies such as erasure, magnetic poetry, and predictive text. Through these exercises, he explores a variety of themes including the mutability of identity and the intersection of otherness, sexuality, and violence.
He is the author of The Ceremonial Armor of the Impostor (Weasel Press, 2019) and The Primitive Observatory (Southern Illinois University Press, 2016), winner of the 2014 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Alcyone, Arlington Literary Journal, Coffin Bell, The Dark Sire, The Operating System, Rough Cut Press, and elsewhere.
He earned his BA in philosophy from the College of Charleston, SC, focusing on the work of F.W. Nietzsche. After a time living in the UK, during which he worked on an organic farm, he earned his MFA in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he serves as assistant director of communications and public relations for its library system. Also trained in visual art, he is an enthusiastic maker of collages.
Image: Self-portrait, 2019/Self-portrait as Mu, 2019/Koiwai Farm, 1998, by HITM