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The writer/artist RICHARD KOSTELANETZ, born in New York City in 1940, attended Brown, Columbia, and the University of London on Woodrow Wilson, New York State Regents, and Fulbright fellowships, taking his M.A. in American intellectual history. He subsequently received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, The Fund for Investigative Journalism, Pulitzer Foundation, the American Public Radio Program Fund, and the DAAD Berliner Kunstlerprogramm, in addition to several grants from the visual arts and media arts programs of the National Endowment for the Arts. For semesters he has been a Visiting Professor of American Studies and English at the University of Texas and a Visiting Professor of graduate theater at Hunter College, CUNY. He has lectured and presented his work at scores of institutions around the world. For his entire adult life he has lived in his home town, currently in the Rockaways after nearly three decades in SoHo, surrounded by thousands of books, hundreds of videotapes, thirty feet of long-playing records, scores of cassettes, several audio and video machines, and his own artwork.

Since beginning to publish in national magazines in 1961, he has contributed poems, stories, articles, reviews, and experimental prose to hundreds of magazines both here and abroad. He has written more than fifty books of criticism, cultural history, and creative work, in addition to editing over three dozen anthologies of art and exposition. Among the recent books authored by him are SoHo: The Rise and Fall of an Artist’s Colony (Routledge), 3 Canadian Geniuses (Colombo), More Wordworks (Talisman), and second editions of A Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes (Schirmer/Routledge) and Conversing with Cage (Routledge). New books edited by him include AnOther E. E. Cummings (Liveright), The Gertrude Stein Reader (Cooper Square) and Virgil Thomson: A Reader (Routledge). Long active in alternative literary publishing, he co-founded Assembling Press in 1970 and alone founded Future Press in 1977 and Archae Editions in 1978.

As a media artist Kostelanetz has created language-based audiotapes, videotapes, films, and holograms that have been exhibited and broadcast around the world. Both Anthology Film Archives (New York) and Bumbershoot (Seattle) have presented retrospectives of his audiovideotapes. Wordsand was the title of a multimedia exhibition of art with words, numbers, and lines that toured North American universities in 1978-81. International Artists Books (Paris) mounted a retrospective of his book art in 1996. Among the arts institutions granting him production residencies are the Electronic Music Studio of Stockholm, the Experimental TV Center in Owego, New York, the Dennis Gabor Laboratory of the Museum of Holography, the Brooklyn College Center for Computer Music, the Public Access Synthesizer Studio in New York, and the public radio stations WXXI-FM and WGBH-FM in Rochester and Boston respectively.

Individual entries on his work in several fields appear in various editions of A Reader’s Guide to Twentieth-Century Writers (ed. Peter Parker, Oxford), the Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature, Contemporary Poets, Contemporary Novelists, Postmodern Fiction, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Directory of American Scholars, Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, and Poets, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in American Art, Webster’s Dictionary of American Authors, and Encyclopedia Britannica, among other directories. When the publishers listed in the annual Directory of American Poetry Publishers (Dustbooks) have been asked to name five poets they printed recently, he generally ranks around among the top five, currently third with 20 votes. Nonetheless, he still needs two dollars (US) to get on a New York City subway.