[Campanello] is attempting something new, something challenging and inspiring and radical, something that hasn’t been seen before in contemporary Irish poetry. In my opinion, not only does she succeed in this attempt, her work wildly exceeds expectation.
— Doireann Ní Ghríofa, The Stinging Fly

Kimberly Campanello was born in Elkhart, Indiana. Her poetry publications include ConsentImagines and Strange Country (both on the sheela-na-gig stone carvings), and Hymn to Kālī (her version of the Karpūrādi-stotra). MOTHERBABYHOME, a collection of 796 conceptual and visual poems on the St. Mary's Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, Co. Galway, was published by zimZalla Avant Objects in April 2019. Also in April, above / ground press published her chapbook running commentary along the bottom of the tapestry.

Kimberly's poems have appeared or are forthcoming publications including 3:AM Magazine, Abridged, Banshee, Blackbox ManifoldThe Cream City Review, filling Station, The Honest UlstermanIrish Left Review, nthposition, PendulineTears in the Fence, Tentacular, Poetry Ireland ReviewThe Stinging Fly, and Poetry Wales. She is featured in the Irish poetry section of Poetry International Web. Her work has appeared in anthologies published by Laudanum, Bloodaxe, the Enemies Project, EBL-Ciel Abierto, and Boiler House.
 
Kimberly was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introduction Series in 2011 and has performed at Kaleidoscope (Dublin), Ó Bheal (Cork), the Palau Maricel (Spain), the National Concert Hall of Ireland, the Dublin Book Festival, Barrow River Arts Festival, Prague Microfestival, the Belfast Book Festival, several Enemies/Camarade events, and the International Literature Festival Dublin. She has been awarded residencies at the Fundación Valparaíso, the Heinrich Böll Cottage, and The Studios of Key West and is a 2019 Markievicz Bursary winner from Ireland's Arts Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for (S)worn State(s), a poetry collaboration with Dimitra Xidous and Annemarie Ní Churreáin.
 
Kimberly earned a BA summa cum laude in English and French from Butler University, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama, an MA in Gender Studies from the University of Cincinnati and a PhD in Creative Writing from Middlesex University. She has previously held lecturing posts at York St John University and Florida Gulf Coast University and has also taught at Maynooth University, Middlesex University, the University of East London, CityLit, the Irish Writers Centre, and Big Smoke Writing Factory.

In 2018 she joined the School of English and the Poetry Centre at the University of Leeds as Programme Leader for the BA English Literature with Creative Writing. She lives in York.