Korbin Jones was born in 1994 to two farm-raised parents in rural Missouri. Alongside his older brother, Korbin grew up exploring museums, state parks, and coastlines, and from a young age, he loved the ways in which he could express himself through art and writing. After graduating high school in 2013, he attended Northwest Missouri State University with a declared major in Media Studies. He quickly changed this, though, and in 2018 became the first in his family to obtain a Bachelor’s degree. He graduated with honors, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in two areas: Creative Writing & Publishing and Spanish.
He then moved to Lawrence, Kansas—where he currently lives—to attend the University of Kansas and pursue his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. When not teaching composition to KU students, he is busy running Fearsome Critters: A Millennial Arts Journal, which he started in 2018, and designing issues and promotional materials for LandLocked.
In April 2019, Korbin had his first book published. SFO: Pictures and Poetry about San Francisco, which he translated from Spanish into English, was released by Tolsun Books. The book’s original author, Pablo Luque Pinilla, is a Madrid-based poet whose work continues to be translated by Korbin. Korbin’s first full-length collection of poetry, songs for the long night., was published by QueerMojo (an imprint of Rebel Satori Press) the following July in 2019. His debut chapbook, MOONSICK, is an epic poem published by Finishing Line Press in January 2020.
Korbin has scholarly interests in queerness, contemporary poetics, Latin American narratives, multilingual practices, South American folklore and mythologies, and the country of Paraguay. In Spring 2019, Korbin was awarded a FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellowship through the Department of Education and the University of Kansas in order to learn Guaraní in Paraguay during June and July 2019. During his time there, he also had the honor of working with Paraguayan poets. Translations of their books are forthcoming.