Carl James Grindley, a native of Victoria, British Columbia, has lived all over the world and has the idiotic Generation X tattoos to show for it. Grindley has a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria in Canada, and, for a brief undistinguished time, studied for an M.F.A. under Albert Goldbarth in Kansas. Currently an associate professor at The City University of New York, Grindley has a Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Academically, Grindley’s claim to fame is that he taught Yale Divinity School’s first creative writing class in the school’s 300 year history.
Grindley is the winner of the 2012 Cathlamet Poetry Prize from Ravenna Press for his book Lora and The Dark Lady. His first three novels, Still Life, The Memoirs of a Supervillain, and The Fear of Contagion, were published by No Record Press in 2008. His first book of poetry GMbH was published by Spectacular Diseases Press in the UK in 1995. Grindley’s poetry has been published around the world in more than 50 journals and literary magazines.
Grindley’s literary heroes include Ballard, Burroughs, Borges, Calvino, Eco, Houellebecq, Murakami, Pavic, Vollmann and so on. If Grindley were a piece of machinery, he’d be a cog in a machine whose only function was to produce other cogs.