[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, is forthcoming from zimZalla Avant Objects in 2019. In 2017 a selection from MOTHERBABYHOME was published in Laudanum’s Chapbook Anthology Volume Two alongside work by Frances Lock and Abigail Parry.

Kimberly's poems have appeared in magazines in the USA, Canada, the UK, and Ireland, including 3:AM Magazine, Abridged, Banshee, Blackbox ManifoldThe Cream City Review, filling Station, The Honest UlstermanIrish Left Review, MsLexia, nthposition, PendulineTears in the Fence, Poetry Ireland ReviewThe Penny DreadfulThe Stinging Fly, and Poetry Wales. She is featured in the Irish poetry section of Poetry International Web. Her work in anthologies includes publications by Laudanum Publishing, Bloodaxe, the Enemies Project, EBL-Ciel Abierto, and Eyewear Publishing.
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, London's Maintenant Camarade Poetry Festival, 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.
She 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. 
Kimberly has held full-time 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 Creative Writing. She lives in York.