James Kimbrell

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James Kimbrell
Born (1967-08-10) August 10, 1967 (age 56)
Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Southern Mississippi
University of Virginia
University of Missouri

James Kimbrell (born 1967) is an American poet.


As an undergraduate he majored in philosophy at Millsaps College, where his poetry was first published in the literary magazine Stylus.[1]

He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with an M.A., from University of Virginia with an MFA, and from University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri with a Ph.D. He teaches at Florida State University.[2]

His work has appeared in Poetry[3], Field, Fence,[4] The Nation, and Prairie Schooner.


  • 1998 Whiting Award
  • Ruth Lilly Fellowship
  • "Discovery"/The Nation Award
  • Ford Foundation Fellowship
  • Academy of American Poets Prize
  • National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, Creative Writing-2005
  • 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow
  • National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, Creative Writing-2017[5]



  • Smote. Sarabande Books. 2015. ISBN 978-1-941411-09-4.
  • My Psychic. Sarabande Books. 2006. ISBN 978-1-932511-25-3.
  • The Gatehouse Heaven. Sarabande Books. 1998. ISBN 978-1-889330-13-6.




  1. ^ "Interview with James Kimbrell," Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine Stylus: 2008 Stylus http://www.millsaps.edu/student_life/student_publications_stylus.php/ Archived 2015-12-08 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "The English Department at Florida State University". www.english.fsu.edu. Retrieved 2016-04-14.
  3. ^ Foundation, Poetry (2023-04-02). "Blackberry Winter by James Kimbrell". Poetry Magazine. Retrieved 2023-04-02.
  4. ^ Wolff, Rebecca (2000-01-01). Fence. Fence Magazine, Incorporated. ISBN 9780966332452.
  5. ^ "James Kimbrell". www.arts.gov. Retrieved 2023-04-02.

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