Cory MacLauchlin was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia. He earned his Master of Arts in English from University of Virginia.
He has traveled all over the world, but New Orleans remains his favorite place on earth. After witnessing the devastation of Hurricane Katrina he dedicated himself to uplifting the importance of one of the most culturally significant cities in the U.S. He developed a course on New Orleans history and culture at Christopher Newport University and he has led several student groups to help rebuilding efforts in the Ninth Ward and St. Bernard Parish.
Currently a member of the English Faculty at Germanna Community College, he teaches courses on American Literature, Southern Literature and Writing and Research. With a belief in the ability of writing to rehabilitate lives, he offers writing and literature courses at a nearby state prison. Currently, he teaches a course on the literature of confinement there.
MacLauchlin has published on topics in American and British literature, ranging from Mark Twain to the intricate history of The Hummums, a centuries old literary institution of London. As producer and biographer, he is featured in the documentary film John Kennedy Toole: The Omega Point.
He lives in Virginia with his wife and sons.