Lou Cornum is a member of the Navajo Nation and also descendent from Irish-Scottish desert settlers. Born and raised in various cities and towns of Arizona, they moved to New York City in 2007 and have lived off and on in Brooklyn ever since. They recently completed a dissertation titled "Skin Worlds: Black and Indigenous Science Fiction Theorizing since the 1970's". Currently, they are the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Native American Studies at Wesleyan University. 

Lou writes essays, art criticism, book reviews, and letters on a range of topics from nuclear colonialism, outer space, tv, films, novels, and gay ndn life. They also write short sci-fi stories and are working on an outer space novel, Flap Jack. Their writings have appeared in Pinko: A Magazine of Gay Communism, Art in AmericaCanadian ArtFriezeThe New InquiryReal LifeVenus Saturn Sqaure Zine and the edited collection Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories from Turtle Island. They are an editor with Pinko.