An On-Going List of Tyler Gobble Facts
Tyler Gobble got birthed in the Heart of Hoosierland, Elwood, Indiana, to Tamie and Jeff Gobble back in the late 80’s. Until around age 12, his diet consisted mostly of cottage cheese, bananas, and chicken nuggets. His first job was at a nearby Dairy Queen, where he was a three-time employee of the month and the youngest shift manager is company history (or so they say). Tyler graduated from Elwood High School, where he received “Best Male Dancer,” “Most Outgoing,” and “Most Likely To Host A TV Show” distinctions, as voted by his classmates. He was straight-edge from age 13 to 22. And no, he doesn’t drink coffee.
He attended Ball State University. It was there poetry became a thing in his life, his love of sleeveless shirts was reinvigorated, and disc golf became a very regular activity for him. While at Ball State, he was a member/officer of the Writers Community, a tutor at the Writing Center, and a frequent visitor of Savage’s Ale House.
In the fall of 2013, Tyler moved to Austin, TX, where he is currently a poetry fellow at the Michener Center for Writers. He has plopped out a chunk of chapbooks, including the forthcoming Idiot Wisdom and The Situation From Afar, and his first full-length collection, MORE WRECK MORE WRECK (Coconut Books), is available from SPD. At some time or another, he has helped with the following literary endeavors: Everything is Bigger (a reading series), Bat City Review, Magic Helicopter Press, NOÖ Journal, Malvern Books, Vouched Books, The Broken Plate, The Collagist, Stoked, and Poets on Sports.
Tyler currently lives in Austin with his partner, the playwright Diana Lynn Small, and their pit bull, Ginny Bug. He is currently a Badgerdog teaching artist, teaching community poetry workshops for adults, as well as in-school workshops and summer camps for kiddos; past student work can be found here, here, here, and here. Additionally, he is a volunteer at the Down Home Ranch, a working farm and ranch for adults with Down syndrome and other disabilities. He also plays drums in Shitty Band, a hobby rock band. Their first EP, Loud Whining, will be out in early 2017.
Here is an incomplete list of things he likes: disc golf, state parks, porches, sleeveless shirts, dancing, basketball, road trips, swimming holes, goofy television, loud music, and bacon.