Koestenbaum, Wayne 1958–

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Koestenbaum, Wayne 1958–


Born September 20, 1958, in San Jose, CA. Education: Harvard University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1980; Johns Hopkins University, M.A., 1981; Princeton University, Ph.D., 1988.


Home—New York, NY. Office—Department of English, Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, 365 5th Ave., New York, NY 10016-4309; fax: 212-817-1518. Agent—Ira Silverberg, Donadio & Olson, 121 W. 27th St., Ste. 704, New York, NY 10011.


Yale University, New Haven, CT, assistant professor, 1988-93, associate professor of English, 1993-97, Morse fellow, 1990-91; Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, New York, NY, visiting associate professor, 1996-97, professor, 1997-2007, distinguished professor of English, 2007—. Thomas Healy Gallery, guest curator, 1998. Columbia University, adjunct assistant professor, 2002; Yale University, visiting professor, 2002—; guest lecturer at educational institutions, including Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, University of California, Berkeley, University of Virginia, Princeton University, Bryn Mawr College, University of Michigan, Vassar College, Fordham University, and Oxford University. Judge of poetry competitions, including Bollingen Prize, 1995, and Cecil Hemley Memorial Award, Poetry Society of America, 1997, 2002, and Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction, PEN American Center, 2002; gives readings from his works. Member of editorial board, Genders, 1988-93, and Journal of Visual Culture, 2001—.


PEN American Center (member of board of trustees, 2002—).


Whiting fellow in humanities, 1987-88; Prize in Literary Criticism, Twentieth Century Literature, 1988; shared Discovery Award, Nation poetry contest, 1989; The Queen's Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire was named a "notable book of 1993" by New York Times Book Review; Whiting writer's award, 1994.


Double Talk: The Erotics of Male Literary Collaboration, Routledge (New York, NY), 1989.

Ode to Anna Moffo and Other Poems, Persea Books (New York, NY), 1990.

The Queen's Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire, Poseidon (New York, NY), 1993.

Rhapsodies of a Repeat Offender (poetry), Persea Books (New York, NY), 1994.

Jackie under My Skin: Interpreting an Icon, Farrar, Straus & Giroux (New York, NY), 1995.

Jackie O (libretto; music by Michael Daugherty; first performed in Banff, Alberta, Canada, at Banff Center for the Arts, 1997), recording released by Argo/Decca, 1997.

The Milk of Inquiry (poetry), Persea Books (New York, NY), 1999.

Cleavage: Essays on Sex, Stars, and Aesthetics, Ballantine (New York, NY), 2000.

Andy Warhol, Viking (New York, NY), 2001.

(Coauthor of text) Sarah French, editor, David Salle: Immediate Experience, A. Cetti Serbelloni (Milan, Italy), 2002.

Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes (novel), Soft Skull Press (Brooklyn, NY), 2004.

Model Homes (poetry), BOA Editions (Rochester, NY), 2004.

Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films: New Poems, Turtle Point Press (New York, NY), 2006.

(Author of text) Amy Sillman: Works on Paper, Gregory R. Miller and Co. (New York, NY), 2006.

Hotel Theory (nonfiction), Soft Skull Press (Brooklyn, NY), 2007.

Contributor to numerous books, including The State of the Language, edited by Christopher Ricks and Leonard Michaels, University of California Press (Berkeley, CA), 1990; The Question of Male Feminist Criticism, edited by Joseph Allen Boone and Michael Cadden, Routledge, 1990; Queering the Pitch: The New Gay and Lesbian Musicology, edited by Philip Brett, Elizabeth Wood, and Gary C. Thomas, Routledge, 1994; The Crisis of Criticism, edited by Maurice Berger, New Press, 1998; and The Art of the Essay: The Best of 1999, edited by Phillip Lopate, Anchor Books (New York, NY), 1999. Contributor to art catalogs. Author of monthly column in Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, 1995-96. Contributor of articles, poetry, and reviews to periodicals, including Artforum, Venue, Genders, New Yorker, Harper's, Southwest Review, Global City Review, Gulf Coast, Antioch Review, and Descant. Coeditor, Yale Journal of Criticism, 1991-96.

Koestenbaum's work has been published in German, Chinese, Swedish, and Spanish.



Artforum, February, 1995, interview by Bruce Hainley.

Found Object, spring, 2000, interview by Heather Gautney, Robert Ausch, and Jeffrey Bussolini.

Index, May-June, 1999, interview by Peter Halley.