(born April 1, 1942) is a Black American writer, academic, and literary critic.
Delany was born and raised in Harlem and attended the Bronx High School of Science. Delany and the poet Marilyn Hacker, who met in high school, were married for several years and have a daughter.
Delany spent 11 years teaching at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a year and a half at the University at Buffalo, and moved to the English Department of Temple University in 2001.
He has written extensively in science fiction and fantasy genres. He is also the author of a number of fictional and autobiographical works that include references to extreme aspects of human sexuality. He has also published several books of literary criticism, with an emphasis on issues in science fiction and other paraliterary genres, comparative literature, and queer theory.