Kent Neal

Gay American-French poet

Kent Neal


Kent Neal 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. Kent writes about desire, travel, information technology, and urban landscapes.

He is a haiku writer and long-time member of the French Haiku Association

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"Poetry should not be locked in an ivory tower or put on a pedestal. It is possible for poems to be accessible to everyone. You can enjoy them like songs, movies, or novels."
Kent Neal



Kent Neal has published three collections of poetry: The Compass, The Labyrinth, and the Hour Glass; Where Saltwater Mixes With Freshwater; and A Ray of Light in the Lion’s Eye. His poems have appeared in the following journals: World Haiku Review, Modern Haiku, Gong, Verso, Haiku Journal, Décharge, and Libelle.

Cover of A Ray of Light in the Lion's Eye


A Ray of Light in the Lion's Eye

A little book in French of little moments in the city of lions.


Where Saltwater Mixes With Freshwater

A bilingual collection of haikus in French and English inspired by memories of growing up on the Oregon coast.


The Compass, The Labyrinth, and the Hour Glass

This was Kent Neal’s first collection of poetry.