Stephen Kessler is a poet, prose writer, translator, and editor. He is the author of ten books and chapbooks of original poetry, sixteen books of literary translation, and three collections of essays. His most recent books (spring 2015) are Where Was I? (prose poems/memoirs), Need I Say More? (essays) and Forbidden Pleasures (new selected poems of Luis Cernuda, translation). He is also the author of a novel, The Mental Traveler, the editor and principal translator of The Sonnets by Jorge Luis Borges, and from 1999 through 2014 was the founder and editor of The Redwood Coast Review, four-time winner of the California Library Association’s PR Excellence Award. His other awards include a Lambda Literary Award and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets for his previous translations of Luis Cernuda, Written in Water and Desolation of the Chimera.
Since the early 1970s his personal, cultural, literary and political essays, feature articles, columns, interviews and reviews have appeared regularly in dozens of independent literary journals and alternative newsweeklies, mainly in Northern California. Most recently his op-ed columns have been appearing regularly on the Sunday Opinion page of the Santa Cruz Sentinel, his literary essays in Catamaran Literary Reader and Poetry Flash (for which he has long been a contributing editor), and his translations in such magazines as Agni, New American Writing and The American Poetry Review, among others. Stephen Kessler’s papers are collected at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.