Lou Cornum is a member of the Navajo Nation and also descendent from Irish-Scottish-American 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 at the CUNY Graduate Center titled "Skin Worlds: Black and Indigenous Science Fiction Theorizing since the 1970's".
Their current book project, Lunar Landings, looks to the moon to understand and expand theories of land counter to the recursive speculations of colonial racial capitalism. 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 imperialism, outer space, visual art, films, literature 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, Triple Canopy, Art in America, Canadian Art, Frieze, The New Inquiry, Real Life, Strange Horizons, Venus Saturn Square Zine, Lit Hub, and the edited collection Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories from Turtle Island. They are an editor with Pinko.