Gregory Kimbrell is a gay, furry writer who creates fantastical and surreal poems by reclaiming tropes from science fiction, horror, B movies, and period drama and by experimenting with form and compositional strategies such as erasure, predictive text, and magnetic poetry. 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 the library events and programs coordinator. He is also an avid maker of collages.
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Image: Gregory Kimbrell portrait, 2018, photo by Ashley Grantham/Self-portrait as Mu, 2019