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 mostly been around ever since, except for those two years in Canada. In 2021, they completed a dissertation titled "Skin Worlds: Black and Indigenous Science Fiction Theorizing since the 1970's". They are an Assistant Professor of Native American Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU.
Lou writes essays, criticism, book reviews, and letters on a range of topics from nuclear colonialism, outer space, visual art, 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 America, Canadian Art, Frieze, The New Inquiry, Real Life, Venus Saturn Sqaure Zine and the edited collection Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories from Turtle Island. They are an editor with Pinko.