Orlando Reade has a PhD in English Literature from Princeton, and is a faculty member of Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. He teaches Renaissance poetry, English and American literature, queer theory and the history of sexuality.
His writing is often concerned with the ways in which love and desire, in their multiple forms, become fossilized in poetry. He has a special interest in queer traditions in poetry, including the work of Sappho, Shakespeare, Katherine Philips, Walt Whitman, and Frank O’Hara.
He is a founding editor of the art journal Effects, and has written essays on contemporary art and aesthetics for publications including The White Review, Frieze, and the Guardian. He lives in London, where he is writing a book about the afterlives of Paradise Lost.