Wayne Koestenbaum

Wayne Koestenbaum—poet, critic, novelist, artist, filmmaker, and performer—has published twenty-two books, including The Cheerful Scapegoat, Figure It Out, Camp Marmalade, My 1980s & Other Essays, Jackie Under My Skin, and The Queen’s Throat (nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award). His most recent book, Ultramarine, the third volume of his trance trilogy, was published by Nightboat Books in February 2022. He has exhibited his paintings in solo shows at White Columns, 356 Mission, and the University of Kentucky Art Museum, as well as in many group shows, including at Essex Flowers, Yossi Milo Gallery, FIERMAN, Geoffrey Young Gallery, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. His first piano/vocal record, Lounge Act, was released by Ugly Duckling Presse Records in 2017; he has given musical performances of his improvisatory Sprechstimme soliloquies at The Kitchen, Centre Pompidou, Walker Art Center, Hammer Museum, and The Poetry Project. His first feature-length film, The Collective, premiered at UnionDocs (New York) in 2021. In 2020 he received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. He is a Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center.


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