Bruce Owens Grimm’s haunted queer essays have appeared in The Rumpus, The Kenyon Review online, Ninth Letter, The Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Blog, Older Queer Voices, and elsewhere. He wrote Cultland, a monthly essay series, for Iron Horse Literary Review He is co-editing Fat & Queer: An Anthology of Queer & Trans Bodies & Lives, which will be published by Jessica Kingsley Publishing, an imprint of Hachette, 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.
He has taught his Haunted Memoir: What Ghosts Reveal About Life workshop at StoryStudio Chicago and will teach it again at Arizona State University’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing’s Desert Nights, Rising Stars conference, which named him a Desert Nights, Rising Stars Fellow, in February 2020.
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.