'Camp Marmalade' by Wayne Koestenbaum

In Camp Marmalade the reader is thrown into the snarl and constantly retangling snatches of Wayne Koestenbaum’s stream-of-consciousness musings and reflections… read more

‘My 1980s and Other Essays’ by Wayne Koestenbaum

My 1980s and Other Essays is an incredibly timely hodge-podge of prose that expertly blends nostalgia-free self-reflections, reluctant bits of advice, and breathless love letters to idols literary, artistic, and musical[…]… read more

Lambda Literary Goes to the Movies: Authors' Favorite Films

This week the Lambda Literary Review honors the impact movies and filmmakers have had on our lives.

To start off Lambda Literary Goes to the Movies week, here’s what some of our favorite LGBTQ authors (Staceyann Chin, Alan Hollinghurst, Ayana Mathis, and more) had to say about their favorite films…. read more

Wayne Koestenbaum at The White Swallow

Wayne Koestenbaum reads from his recent books Humiliation and Blue Stranger with Mosaic Background. Wednesday, September 5th – 6PM Cornelia Street Cafe (downstairs) 29 Cornelia St., New York, NY 10014… read more

'Blue Stranger With Mosaic Background' by Wayne Koestenbaum

I recently attended a taping of Oprah Winfrey’s “Lifeclass” with Deepak Chopra and Perez Hilton—who, swears he’s enlightened now—at Radio City Music Hall. Oprah’s adoring fans took notes in spiral notebooks and on their iPads. I appreciated Oprah & co.’s attempts to heal but I wasn’t quite connecting with the collective euphoria. Chopra noted something… read more

Wayne Koestenbaum: The Horror and Fascination of Humiliation

“If you stumble upon negative comments concerning your body or your personality, remember that the online universe equalizes every utterance, and that negative or humiliating comments concerning your body or your personality weigh no more than a feather. Imagine the feather blowing away.”

Poet, critic, and author Wayne Koestenbaum took some time to talk with Lambda about the process of writing about humiliation, Harpo Marx, and how poetry informs his cultural criticism…. read more

Happy National Poetry Month

Established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is a celebration of poetry observed every April. While there’s no reason not to celebrate poetry every day, here are a few places to get started this month if you need a little inspiration…… read more

'Humiliation' by Wayne Koestenbaum

That Wayne Koestenbaum is a formidable talent is evident within the first few pages of his short book of literary criticism,Humiliation (Picador). In it, Koestenbaum thinks through the concept of humiliation in many different contexts, personal and political. What emerges is a poetic and often profound theoretical work of both academic and cultural import…. read more

In the News: James Baldwin, Wayne Koestenbaum, and Comic-Con 2011

Facing homophobia from the black community during the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement, did James Baldwin ever hesitate in being true to himself in his work? That question is explored in the new play Waiting 4 Giovanni, whose name is taken from Baldwin’s novel Giovanni’s Room…. read more