Poet, Fiction Writer
Publications & Prizes
Dear Elliot Figman,
Dean Kostos’s tenth collection, Broken Color, is forthcoming. His memoir, The Boy Who Listened to Paintings, was published in October, 2019. It is a finalist for the Foreword Indie Awards. His eighth collection—Pierced by Night-Colored Threads—was released in 2017. His previous collection—This Is Not a Skyscraper—won the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, selected by Mark Doty.
Kostos is the author of the previous collections: Rivering, Last Supper of the Senses, The Sentence That Ends with a Comma (which was required reading at Duke University), and Celestial Rust. He edited Pomegranate Seeds; its debut reading was held at the UN.
His poems, personal essays, and reviews have appeared in over 300 journals. These include The Bangalore Review (India), Barrow Street, Boulevard, Chelsea, Cimarron Review, Mediterranean Poetry (Sweden), New Madrid, Southwest Review, Stand Magazine (UK), Western Humanities Review, on Oprah Winfrey’s website Oxygen.com, the Harvard UP website, and elsewhere.
He has taught poetry writing at the Gallatin School of New York University, The Columbia Scholastic Press Association, The City University of New York, and Wesleyan. Also, a recipient of a Yaddo fellowship, he has served as literary judge for Columbia University’s Gold Crown Awards. He received a Rockefeller Innovation grant.