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Author: Stephen Kessler

Stephen Kessler is a poet, prose writer, translator and editor. Born in Los Angeles in 1947, he received his BA in languages and literature from Bard College and an MA in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He published his first essays and criticism in the early 1970s, and his reviews, columns, articles, features and interviews have appeared steadily since then in dozens of magazines and newspapers, chiefly in Northern California. He was the founding editor and publisher of the international journal Alcatraz (1979-1985) and of the Santa Cruz newsweekly The Sun (1986-1989). He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Lambda Literary Award, and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets for his translations of Luis Cernuda, and is the editor and principal translator of The Sonnets by Jorge Luis Borges. His recent books include NEED I SAY MORE? (El León Literary Arts, 2015), WHERE WAS I? (Greenhouse Review Press, 2015), the poetry collection SCRATCH PEGASUS (Swan Scythe Press, 2013), translations of Vicente Aleixandre, the essay collection THE TOLSTOY OF THE ZULUS (El León Literary Arts, 2011), and the novel THE MENTAL TRAVELER (Greenhouse Review Press, 2010).From 1999 through 2014 he was the editor of the award-winning literary newspaper The Redwood Coast Review. He lives in Santa Cruz.

The Mental Traveler
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The Mental Traveler

Greenhouse Review Press

Fiction. At the dark end of the 1960s, a young poet is launched on a bizarre odyssey that leads him from the ill-fated gathering of rock-and-roll tribes at Altamont through San Francisco City Prison to various psychiatric hospitals up and down Calif...

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Moving Targets: On Poets, Poetry & Translation
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Moving Targets: On Poets, Poetry & Translation

El Leon Literary Arts

Nonfiction. Literary History & Criticism. Essayist for more than thirty years in Northern California's liveliest periodicals, Stephen Kessler here presents a selection of his deeply informed and informative writings on poets, poetry, and translation...

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Need I Say More?
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Need I Say More?

El Leon Literary Arts

Literary Nonfiction. One of the most versatile writers of his generation, Stephen Kessler has distinguished himself over the last forty years as a poet, critic ("certainly the best poetry critic in sight," according to Lawrence Ferlinghetti), transl...

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Scratch Pegasus
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Scratch Pegasus

Swan Scythe Press

Poetry. "Stephen Kesseler's SCRATCH PEGASUS captures the poignancy of the human drama in poems as great as Ferlighetti's observing and honoring young lovers and aging poets recalling their youth. Amazing sonnets paint miniature portraits of iconic c...

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The Tolstoy of the Zulus
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The Tolstoy of the Zulus

El Leon Literary Arts

Literary Nonfiction. Art. Music. Kessler's lens is wide but his focus is sharp as he surveys, with clarity and fresh understanding, both famous and unsung figures of contemporary culture. Selected from more than thirty years of journalism, THE TOLST...

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Where Was I?
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Where Was I?

Greenhouse Review Press

Literary Nonfiction. In these hybrid writings—a mixture of memoir, prose poetry, personal essay, travel journal, and spiritual meditation—Stephen Kessler synthesizes a lifetime of experiences in language of extraordinary concentration, vividness, an...

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