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Tyler Gillespie is a fifth-generation Floridian whose multi-genre writing often focuses on the state's environment, its history/culture, and LGBTQ+ communities. He’s reported on these topics for Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, GQ, The Guardian, The Daily Best, VICE, and Playboy. His poems appear in numerous anthologies while his humor writing can be found in the New Yorker, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and LGBTQ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny.

Gillespie expanded his writing on Florida through a blend of journalistic techniques, archival research, memoir, and humor in the essay collection The Thing about Florida: Exploring a Misunderstood State (University Press of Florida, 2021). He's also mixed forms, styles, and techniques in the poetry collections Florida Man: Poems (Red Flag Poetry, 2018) and the nature machine! (Autofocus, 2023).

He's an award-winning teacher who pulls from his various writing experiences to create unique classroom communities. He's taught college-level writing since 2015, and his academic scholarship can be found or forthcoming in College Composition and Communication, Community Literacy Journal, The Routledge Handbook of Queer Rhetoric, and If at First You Don't Succeed? Writing, Rhetoric, and the Question of Failure. He currently teaches writing at Ringling College of Art + Design in Sarasota.

This website functions as both a writing website and teaching portfolio.

Selected TV & radio interviews: Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend and 88.5 WMNF’s “Art in Your Ear” (interview around the 9 min mark) Also: Salon, Tampa Bay Times, Entropy Lit, Deep South Magazine, and Craft.



photo credit: Kate Walker

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