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In conjunction with his visit as a Distinguished Visiting Writer, Wayne Koestenbaum will be showing some of his recent paintings in the Handwerker Annex (aka The Center For Faculty Excellence, Library, 2nd Floor) at Ithaca College from March 22-April 9. 

Please join us for a short reception this Thursday, March 28th, from 2.00-3.00 p.m. previous to his reading in the Klingenstein Lounge at 7.30 p.m..


Wayne Koestenbaum is a poet, cultural critic, essayist, novelist, librettist, and artist.  He has published eight books of nonfiction, on such subjects as hotels, Harpo Marx, humiliation, Jackie Onassis, opera, and Andy Warhol;  his cult classic, The Queen’s Throat:  Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire, was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1993.  Koestenbaum’s six books of poetry include Blue Stranger with Mosaic Background and Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films. His newest book, My 1980s & Other Essays, is forthcoming in August 2013 from FSG.  He wrote the libretto for Michael Daughterty’s opera Jackie O, which premiered at the Houston Grand Opera in 1997.  Born in San Jose, California, Koestenbaum received a B.A. from Harvard, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins, and a Ph.D. from Princeton.  He taught in Yale’s English department from 1988-1996, and was a visiting professor at the Yale School of Art from 2003-2011.  Koestenbaum is now a Distinguished Professor of English at the CUNY Graduate Center.   His first solo exhibition of paintings was at White Columns gallery in New York in Fall 2012.


All Handwerker Annex receptions are free and open to the public.  The Handwerker Gallery is located in the Center for Faculty Excellence on the 2nd floor of the Ithaca College Library.

For further information or individuals with disabilities requiring parking accommodations, please contact Mara Baldwin at or 607.274.3548. Please make requests for accommodations as far in advance as possible.


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