Kessler, Stephen 1947-

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Kessler, Stephen 1947-

(Stephen James Kessler)

PERSONAL: Born January 12, 1947, in Los Angeles, CA; son of Jack and Nina Kessler; children: Claire Kessler-Bradner. Education: Attended University of California, Los Angeles; Bard College, B.A., 1968; University of California, Santa Cruz, M.A., 1969.

ADDRESSES: HomeSanta Cruz, CA. E-mail[email protected].

CAREER: Poet, translator, essayist, critic and journalist. Green Horse Press, Santa Cruz, CA, coeditor and publisher, 1973-79; Alcatraz, Santa Cruz, editor and publisher, 1978-89; Santa Cruz Express, Santa Cruz, associate editor, 1981-86; The Sun, Santa Cruz, editor and publisher, 1986-89; Outlook, Mendocino County, CA, editor, 1994; Redwood Coast Review, Gualala, CA, editor, 1999—.



Nostalgia of the Fortuneteller, Kayak Books (San Francisco, CA), 1975.

Poem to Walt Disney (limited edition chapbook), Man-root, (San Francisco, CA), 1977.

Thirteen Ways of Deranging an Angel (limited edition, hand-printed chapbook), Greenhouse Review Press (Santa Cruz, CA), 1977.

Beauty Fatigue (limited edition, hand-printed chapbook), Alcatraz Editions (Santa Cruz, CA), 1978.

Living Expenses, Alcatraz Editions (Santa Cruz, CA), 1980.

After Modigliani, Creative Arts (Berkeley, CA), 2000.

Tell It to the Rabbis and Other Poems 1977-2000, Creative Arts (Berkeley, CA), 2001.

Burning Daylight (limited edition), Littoral Press (Oakland, CA), 2007.

Contributor to American Poetry Review, Exquisite Corpse, Poetry Northwest, Minnesota Review, Oxygen, Hambone, and Poetry Flash.


Vicente Aleixandre, Destruction or Love, Green Horse Press (Santa Cruz, CA), 1976.

Homage to Neruda, Ediciones Puelche (Santiago, Chile), 1978.

Ariel Dorfman, Widows, Pantheon Books (New York, NY), 1983.

Changing Centuries: Selected Poems of Fernando Alegría, Latin American Literary Review Press (Pittsburgh, PA), 1984.

Fernando Alegría, The Funhouse, Arte Publico Press (Houston, TX), 1986.

Juan Felipe Herrera, Akrílica, Alcatraz Editions (Santa Cruz, CA), 1989.

Mahmoud Darwish, From Beirut, Pygmy Forest Press (Springfield, OR), 1992.

Julio Cortázar, Save Twilight, City Lights Books (San Francisco, CA), 1997.

Pablo Neruda, Ode to Typography, Peter Koch (Berkeley, CA), 1998.

Pablo Neruda, Heights of Machu Picchu, photographs by Barry Brukoff, Bulfinch/Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 2001.

César Vallejo, Aphorisms, Green Integer Books (Los Angeles, CA), 2002.

Written in Water: The Prose Poems of Luis Cernuda, City Lights Books (San Francisco, CA), 2004.

Translations represented in anthologies. Contributor of translations to periodicals.


(Editor) Alcatraz 2, Alcatraz Editions (Santa Cruz, CA), 1982.

Also editor of Alcatraz anthologies, 1979-85.



Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2000, review of After Modigliani, p. 205.

Library Journal, January, 1989, Robert Hauptman, review of Alcatraz, p. 108.

New York Times Book Review, July 24, 1983, Alan Cheuse, “The ‘Disappeared’ and the Jettisoned,” p. 10.

Publishers Weekly, April 1, 1983, review of Widows, p. 50.

San Francisco Review of Books, summer, 1982, Brown Miller, review of Alcatraz 2, p. 23.


Stephen Kessler Home Page, (April 3, 2008).