Korey Williams grew up in suburban Chicago. During his undergraduate career at Illinois Wesleyan University, he studied abroad at Hertford College, University of Oxford. Then, after completing the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities at the University of Chicago in 2014, he went on to earn a MFA in poetry from Cornell University. Williams was a finalist in the 2017 National Poetry Series and his work appears in Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry, Fogged Clarity, Winter Tangerine, The Offing, Narrative Magazine, and elsewhere. Now, having returned to the University of Chicago as a doctoral student, his research centers on poetry and poetics.