Born in Jackson, Mississippi, James Kimbrell received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Virginia and a PhD from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is the author of The Gatehouse Heaven (1998), which was chosen by poet Charles Wright for the Kathryn A. Morton Prize from Sarabande Books, My Psychic (2006), and Smote(2015). He and artist Yu Jung-yul co-translated the collection Three Poets of Modern Korea: Yi Sang, Hahm Dong-Seon, and Choi Young-Mi (2002). In 2016 he was named a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. James will be appearing at Word of South as part of our “In-the-Round” event with the poet Barbara Hamby, the musician Del Suggs and the writer/musician Laura Minor.