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Phoenix Literary Festival – Wayne Koestenbaum

November 10, 2017 - November 11, 2017

HPU welcomes poet and cultural critic, Wayne Koestenbaum, a Harvard University graduate with an MA in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from Princeton University. Koestenbaum’s work often explores the male body and the emotional, sexual, and social weight of its exposure.

About his poetry, David Lehman has said, “Wayne Koestenbaum has been writing poems so dashing and poignant, so sexy and savvy, that it’s hard not to like them. He puts wordplay at the service of autobiography, and autobiography at the service of the ceaseless inquiry into the origins of woe, the mysteries of sex, and the dialectic of the brain and crotch.”



General Festival Schedule:

Friday, November 10

5 p.m.: Wayne Koestenbaum. A reading by the renowned poet, scholar, and essayist, followed by a Q&A, light reception, book sale, and book signing.

Saturday, November 11

10 a.m.: Wayne Koestenbaum: Craft talk.

15 minute break

11:15-11:30 a.m.: David Hough & Jessie Van Rheenen

11:30-12:00 p.m.: Dr. Kirstin Squint & Dr. Jenn Brandt

12:10-12:45 p.m.: Sarah Leonard, Lauren Fitch & Nicole Tarangelo

1 p.m.: Readings by Michele Huffman, Aimee Mepham and Michelle Reed followed by Open Mic

3 p.m.: Closing Reception


*Coffee and light refreshments will be provided throughout the festival.



For More Information Contact: Jacob Paul,, 336-841-9559.



November 10, 2017
November 11, 2017
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