Stephen Kessler is the author of a dozen books of original poetry, sixteen books of literary translation, three collections of essays, and a novel, The Mental Traveler
. He is also the editor and principal translator of The Sonnets
by Jorge Luis Borges.
The Redwood Coast Review
, which he founded and edited for sixteen years (1999-2014), was four times recipient of the PR Excellence Award of the California Library Association.
His translations of the Spanish poet Luis Cernuda have received the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award (Academy of American Poets), the PEN Center USA Translation Award, a Lambda Literary Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. His version of Save Twilight: Selected Poems
by Julio Cortázar received a Northern California Book Award.
He lives in Santa Cruz, where his op-ed column appears on Saturdays in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
These pages survey his publishing history in these various forms and genres over the past half-century, along with links to select publications in assorted media in recent years.
Stephen Kessler’s papers are collected at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.