Hotel Lambosa

Stories by Kenneth Koch

May 1, 1993 • 4.5 x 7.5 • 128 pages • 978-1-56689-008-3

“No other poet of our time,” Tom Disch wrote of Kenneth Koch, “has lived up so consistently to his own exigent demands.” As a writer of fiction, Koch has done the same. This is his first book of stories. It is part of the Coffee-To-Go Short-Short Stories series.

About the Author

Kenneth Koch (1925 – 2002), known for his association with the New York School of poetry, wrote many collections of poetry, fictions, plays, and nonfiction. His books include Seasons on Earth, On the Edge, Thank You and Other Poems, The Art of Love, One Thousand Avant-Garde Plays, Hotel Lambosa, and Collected Fiction, as well as several books on teaching children to write poetry. Koch was awarded numerous honors, including the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, awarded by the Library of Congress in 1996, as well as awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Fulbright, Guggenheim, and Ingram-Merrill foundations. In 1996 he was inducted as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


“Any poet can write prose but few as marvelously as this. Postmarked from everywhere, Venice, Beijing, Zaire, there are the mysteries of love, life, and art, as well as images or worlds you have longed for.” —James Salter

“It’s brilliant, maybe the best work Koch has ever done.” —Phillip Lopate

Hotel Lambosa is a place of magic, for transients and permanents alike.” —John Ashbery

Hotel Lambosa beautifully extends and ornaments Kenneth Koch’s astonishing body of work.” —Gilbert Sorrentino