Gregory Kimbrell is a gay, furry poet who writes first and foremost to exercise and expand his imagination. He builds upon and reworks tropes from popular genres such as sci-fi, horror, erotica, and B movies and experiments with multimedia compositional strategies such as erasure, magnetic poetry, and predictive text. The result is fantastical, surreal, sometimes mind-bending poems populated with animal-headed men, robot doppelgängers, demonic avatars, and doomed wanderers. Through these poems, he explores themes such as the mutability of identity and the intersection of otherness, violence, and sexuality.
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, The Dark Sire, Deluge, Door is a Jar, The Operating System, 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