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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 writes a series called Fat and Queer for Queen Mob's Teahouse.

He recently completed a memoir manuscript about coming out twice, once as a gay man (after being married to a woman for nine years), and then a second time as a gainer (someone who desires to be fat). The story is about being haunted by his past, the ghosts that follow him, and the horror of living in the world as a gay man (coming out at the age of 33) as well as overcoming shame to be comfortable with his fat body. 

He was 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.


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