Gregory Kimbrell is a queer writer who revels in the creation of fantastical literature as a subversive and empowering act of smashing old worlds and building new ones. He experiments in form, genre, and narrative to explore, and locate his own, sexual and social identity within metaphysical and mythical frameworks.
He is the author of 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 Coal Hill Review, IDK Magazine, The Operating System, Otoliths, Phantom Drift, Quail Bell Magazine, and elsewhere.
He earned his BA in philosophy from the College of Charleston, SC, specializing in the work of F.W. Nietzsche. After a time living in the UK, during which he did volunteer work on an organic farm, he earned his MFA in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He is currently the events and programs coordinator for VCU Libraries.
Image: Gregory Kimbrell portrait, 2018, photo by Ashley Grantham