Kos Kostmayer writes novels, poems, plays and screenplays. His plays have been seen in New York City, Los Angeles, Harare, Berlin, Toronto, and a number of American colleges and universities. He has received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play; three Dramalogue Awards - two for writing, one for directing; Pick of the Fringe (Toronto, 2005); and an Otis L. Guernsey Prize from the Association of American Theatre Critics. Kostmayer’s plays include On the Money, The History of Fear, The Great Western Swamp, and The Dream of Perfect Freedom.
Kos recently completed four novels, Lost Religion, Fargo Burns, The Politics of Nowhere, and The Avenue Of Sad Days; two volumes of poetry, The Marriage Bed and Hamlet Sings the National Anthem; and two original screenplays.
His work has been translated into German and Swedish and has appeared in a number of magazines, including Poetry Northwest, Commonweal, Chelsea, The Texas Observer, and elsewhere. Kos was on of 15 poets from 10 countries featured in the 2014 Sodermalms Poetry Festival in Stockholm, Sweden. He served for many years as supervising writer and field producer for Big Blue Marble, the Emmy Award winning documentary television series for children, and he has written numerous scripts for television and film, including I Love You to Death, a Lawrence Kasdan film featuring Kevin Kline, Tracey Ullman, River Phoenix, Joan Plowright, William Hurt, and Keannu Reeves. He is currently working on a new novel. He is married to the artist Martha Ferris, and he and his wife live and work on their family farm in Mississippi.