Gregory Kimbrell is a gay, furry writer who explores the marginalized self, its sexuality, and the violence that surrounds it in fantastical, surreal poems that reclaim tropes from popular genres such as sci-fi, horror, erotica, and B movies and that experiment with nontraditional compositional strategies such as erasure, magnetic poetry, and predictive text. He sees his writing as a joyful and subversive act of smashing old worlds and building new ones.
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, and The Ceremonial Armor of the Impostor (Weasel Press, forthcoming). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Across the Margin, Alcyone, Coffin Bell, Deluge, Door is a Jar, The Operating System, Rune Bear, 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 worked on an organic farm, he earned his MFA in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he currently serves as events and programs coordinator for its library system. Trained in visual art, he is also an avid maker of collages.
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Image: Self-portrait, 2019/Self-portrait as Mu, 2019/Koiwai Farm, 1998, by HITM