Bruce Owens Grimm’s essays have appeared in The Rumpus, The Kenyon Review online, Ninth Letter, The Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Blog, Older Queer Voices, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, and elsewhere. He wrote Cultland, a monthly essay series, for Iron Horse Literary Review He is co-editing Fat & Queer: An Anthology inspired by his Fat and Queer series for Queen Mob’s Teahouse.
He is currently at work on a memoir called Ghost, which investigates the very concept of a ghost. Was seeing a ghost a way for his brain to cope with trauma? Did those ghosts keep him deep in the closet until he was thirty-three? Ghost stories aren’t just for fiction. Ghosts are inescapable. His ghosts are the reminders of trauma (the physical and sexual abuse he suffered as a child). They are a version of his life that is now long gone (being closeted and married). They are his anxiety, his depression, and his PTSD. They are an essential part of his story.
Formerly known as Brian Kornell, he has attended residencies and workshops at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), and he received a Lambda Literary Residency fellowship to attend The Sundress Academy of the Arts residency. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
He was named a 2020 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Fellow by Arizona State University’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. He will teach his Haunted Memoir workshop at the Desert Nights, Rising Stars conference in February 2020.