Tim Gilmore writes about the haunted South.
He’s the creator of and sole writer at www.jaxpsychogeo.com, a project that explores place and catalogues the Southern Gothic, telling the stories of nearly 450 locations in and around Jacksonville, Florida.
Gilmore is the author of 17 books, including the historical novel about the founder of Jacksonville, The Book of Isaiah: A Vision of the Founder of a City, illustrated by his colleague Shep Shepard, and creative nonfiction such as Goat Island Hermit: The State of Florida vs. Rollians Christopher, The Devil in the Baptist Church: Bob Gray’s Unholy Trinity, In Search of Eartha White: Storehouse for the People, The Mad Atlas of Virginia King, and Stalking Ottis Toole: A Southern Gothic. Gilmore adapted Stalking Ottis Toole as a play, which FSCJ (Florida State College at Jacksonville) Dramaworks’ Ken McCullough directed at the school’s Wilson Center in Spring 2017.
Gilmore is the founder of JaxbyJax, a literary arts festival built on the theme of “Jacksonville Writers Writing Jacksonville.”
Gilmore’s work has appeared in numerous national and Jacksonville area publications ranging from Andrei Condrescu’s Exquisite Corpse to Fiction Fix to Perversion Magazine to Jacksonville’s Folio Weekly. His first stories for Folio appeared in the mid-1990s. He currently writes Folio’s “E Pluribus Jax” column.
Tim Gilmore has given talks and offered readings at numerous events and venues, ranging from the Jacksonville Historical Society (where he’s spoken on the history of murder in Jacksonville, Eartha White, and Virginia King) the Florida Historical Society, ASALH (the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History), various Popular Culture Association and Modern Language Association conferences, the Douglas Anderson Writers’ Festival, and JaxbyJax Literary Arts Festival. When his book In Search of Eartha White, Storehouse for the People appeared in 2014, he gave the keynote address at the Pearls and Cuff Links Fundraiser Gala for the Clara White Mission.
Gilmore teaches Literature and Writing at Florida State College at Jacksonville, where he was awarded a 2018 Distinguished Faculty Award. The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville named Gilmore the 2018 “Literary Artist of the Year.” Also in 2018, Gilmore served on the Jacksonville City Council’s Civil Rights History Task Force. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida.