Kent Neal - Poet


Kent Neal is a gay American-French poet. He was born in the United States in 1979 and grew up in Oregon on the west coast. He started writing poems in English several weeks before the September 11, 2001 attacks. Since 2003, he has been living in Lyon, France and writing poetry in French. He now writes in both languages. He likes exploring different poetic forms, especially the haiku. Kent writes about desire, travel, information technology, and urban landscapes.


As the website administrator for the French Haiku Association, Kent writes content, advises the association on different aspects of digital communication/marketing, and attends meetings of the board of directors. He is also a member of Espace Pandora, an association in Lyon, France that promotes contemporary litterature and organizes local events for the Spring of Poets.


He has published two collections of poetry: The Compass, The Labyrinth, and the Hour Glass and Where Saltwater Mixes With Freshwater. His poems have appeared in the following journals: World Haiku Review, Modern Haiku, Gong, verso, Haiku Journal, Décharge, and Libelle.