Cody Carvel was raised in Oklahoma and West Texas. He received a BA in English and African-American Studies from Harvard University and an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco.

His work has appeared in Mirage #4 Period(ical),Userlands (ed. Dennis Cooper),Tin House Magazine,Yellow Medicine Review, and the Harvard Advocate. In 2012 he was a fellow at the Millay Colony. He is married to the famous playwright and director Julia Jarcho.

He lives in New York City where he skips around town looking for landmarks related to modernist poetry and art.