Tyler Gillespie is an award-winning writer and teacher. He's the author of the nonfiction collection The Thing about Florida: Exploring a Misunderstood State (University Press of Florida) and the poetry collections Florida Man: Poems (Red Flag Poetry) and the nature machine! (Autofocus). Currently out of print, a revised edition of Florida Man: Poems will be reissued by Burrow Press in Spring 2024. He teaches at Ringling College of Art and Design.