Poet and Cultural Critic Wayne Koestenbaum to Give Reading at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — Poet and cultural critic Wayne Koestenbaum will give a free public reading at Ithaca College on Thursday, March 28. His 7:30 p.m. presentation in Klingenstein Lounge, Egbert Hall, is sponsored by the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series.

Koestenbaum has published 15 books of poetry, criticism and fiction, including the acclaimed “The Queen’s Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire,” which explores the predilection of gay men for opera. He delved into the lives of two very different American celebrities in his books “Andy Warhol” and “Jackie Under My Skin: Interpreting an Icon,” about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. He wrote the libretto for Michael Daugherty’s opera about the late first lady, “Jackie O.”

Koestenbaum published his first collection of poetry after being named co-winner of the 1989 Discovery/The Nation poetry contest. He received a Whiting Writer’s Award in 1994 and has been nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. He currently serves as a Distinguished Professor of English at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

For more information on the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series, visit or contact Catherine Taylor, associate professor of writing, at

Originally published in IC News: Poet and Cultural Critic Wayne Koestenbaum to Give Reading at Ithaca College.

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