The Poetry Project

Wayne Koestenbaum

Wayne Koestenbaum—poet, critic, novelist, artist, performer—has published twenty books, including Figure It Out, Camp Marmalade, My 1980s & Other Essays, The Anatomy of Harpo Marx, Humiliation, Hotel Theory, Circus, Andy Warhol, Jackie Under My Skin, and The Queen’s Throat (nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award). His first book of short fiction, The Cheerful Scapegoat, will be published by Semiotext[e] in April 2021. This year he received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His literary archive is in the Yale Collection of American Literature at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. He is a Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center.