Bill Konigsberg is an award-winning author who lives just outside of Phoenix.
He lives with his husband, Chuck, and their two Australian Labradoodles, Mabel and Buford, who complete them.
Mabel, the older sister, can jump very high and head a ball like a champion soccer player.
Her brother Buford is a bit of a rascal.
Bill’s husband, Chuck, was the impetus for the character Ben in OPENLY STRAIGHT and HONESTLY BEN, at least in terms of the way Ben speaks. Bill has gotten hundreds of emails from fans who fell in love with Ben, but fewer than ten from people who fell in love with Rafe, who is a lot more like a teenage Bill. This saddens Bill.
Bill and Chuck have so many anniversaries due to the wacky marriage laws that keep changing that they often forget them. In case you wish to send presents, they started dating on Dec. 24, 2003, they had a civil union in Vermont on Sept. 16, 2006, and they got married in New York on Nov. 16, 2013.
Bill has four published books and has a fifth on the way: Out of the Pocket, his 2008 debut, won the Lambda Literary Award. Openly Straight won the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor. The Porcupine of Truth won the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the Stonewall Book Award. Honestly Ben, the sequel to Openly Straight, was released in 2017 and received three starred reviews. In January of 2019, The Music of What Happens will be released.
Before Bill was a fiction writer (and long before he ever referred to himself in the third person), he was a sports writer. As a sports writer and editor for The Associated Press from 2005-08, he covered the New York Mets and his weekly fantasy baseball column appeared in newspapers across the country, from the New York Daily News to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. In May of 2001, while working for ESPN.com, he came out on the front page of the website in an article entitled “Sports World Still a Struggle for Gays.” That article won him a GLAAD Media Award the following year.
As an openly gay guy working in sports, he spoke at countless venues across the country on what it’s like to be a gay person in the world of sports. He has written for The New York Times, New York Daily News, North Jersey Herald and News and Denver Post, to name a few. His work has also appeared in Out Magazine. In 2011, his coming out was named the #64 moment in gay sports history by the website Outsports.com. His story was included as a chapter in the book “Jocks 2: Coming Out to Play” by Dan Woog.
Upon graduating from Columbia University in 1994, Bill become known internationally for simulating out the remainder of that year’s strike-shortened baseball season and writing about it for the New York Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle and Miami Herald. Coverage of his simulated season was seen on NBC World News Tonight, Dateline NBC, CNN, and the Tokyo Broadcasting System. His world series, won by the New York Yankees in what many believe to be the greatest fix since the Black Sox scandal of 1919, was dramatized on Dateline NBC using actual college players.