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. For him, writing is as much about enjoying the act of creation and exercising the imagination as the meaningfulness of the end product. He playfully assembles tropes from sensational popular genres such as sci-fi, horror, and erotica and experiments with multimedia compositional strategies such as erasure, magnetic poetry, and predictive text.
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. He is also an enthusiastic maker of paper collages.
Image: Self-portrait, 2019/Gray-scale edit of Sumatran Tiger, 4-24-2012, by Tony Hisgett