Brian Kornell's essays appear in The Kenyon Review online, Ninth Letter, The Poetry Foundation's Harriet, the blogThe RumpusQueen Mob’s TeahouseOlder Queer Voices: The Intimacy of SurvivalLuna Luna MagazineOCHO, and elsewhere.

He is currently at work on a memoir about being a closeted gay man married to a woman, his eventual coming out, and embracing the aspects of his life he kept hidden, including, the joy of being fat.

He is editing a series called On Being Fat & Queer for Queen Mob's Teahouse.

He is a Jane G. Camp fellow for The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), a Lambda Literary fellow for The Sundress Academy of the Arts residency, and was awarded an Artist's Grant for a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. His essay, “Goodbye: A Trilogy” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He lives in Chicago, IL.