Marshall “Gripp” Gillson is a nerd by day and a poet by day also. He has been an active slam poet since 2008, representing six different venues in four different states in national competition. He was a National Poetry Slam finalist as a member of the 2016 House Slam team and placed 15th in the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam, as well as being a member of the winning team at the 2016 Vox Pop slam tournament. His work has been featured by Button Poetry, SlamFind, Everyday Feminism, Maps for Teeth, the depression-themed anthology Light as a Feather, and several self-published chapbooks.

In 2011, Marshall officially founded glassEyeballs, an artist services company. Under the brand, he provides workshops, poetry shows, and technical artist services, including overseeing the web-based scoring systems for six national poetry tournaments. In his spare time, he enjoys shuffling awkwardly, hiding from his problems, and writing biographies in the third person.