Gregory Kimbrell is a writer specializing in fantastical, surreal, sometimes mind-bending poems populated with animal-headed men, robot doppelgängers, demonic avatars, and doomed wanderers.
In his work, he explores the phenomenon of the outsider, responding to the occult realities of gay dating and life at the periphery of the furry community, the ruin that is the contemporary world, and the desire to be transformed beyond all recognition and carried off in the mouth of a tiger.
For him, writing is as much about enjoying the act of creation and exercising the imagination as it is about the meaningfulness of the end product. He gleefully 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 Arlington Literary Journal, Coffin Bell, The Dark Sire, The Operating System, Rough Cut Press, and elsewhere.
For years he trained in visual art, then earned his BA in philosophy from the College of Charleston, focusing on Nietzsche. After a time 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.
Image: Self-portrait, 2019/Gray-scale edit of Sumatran Tiger, 4-24-2012, by Tony Hisgett