About Rachel

Rachel Kessler is a writer and artist based in Seattle, Washington.

Apocalpyse, religion, & science fiction

An essay I wrote and some cartoons I drew are up on LitHub today! Thanks to Seattle Arts & Lectures for bringing out Emily St. John Mandel, the author of Station Eleven, which inspired this essay, and to Rebecca Hoogs for commissioning me to write it, and to Literary Hub for publishing it, including my apocalypse-obsessed cartoons.

When the Apocalypse is Your Religion


THE END Video Poem

Just a few ways to end.

This video is a collaboration with Sierra Nelson. Together we are Vis-a-Vis Society, a group of poet-scientists dedicated to the analysis of the everyday. This excerpt is from Vis-a-Vis Society’s much longer video poem/instructional video of 1,000 ways to end. Premiered as part of Vis-a-Vis Society’s interactive installation piece “Registration” at NEPO 5K Don’t Run 2015. Written and performed by Rachel Kessler and Sierra Nelson. Director of cinematography: Britta Johnson. Editor: Britta Johnson. Sound: Britta Johnson. Studio Recording: Kent Kessler.


Livestream Reading at Hollow Earth Radio

I’ve been obsessively researching Yesler Way, writing an essay up and down itimages
examining the palimpsest of this street

I’ll be reading an excerpt from this essay on Saturday, November 14, 7:30 PM at

Hollow Earth Radio

2018 E Union St, # A, Seattle, Washington 98122

APRIL Festival is partnering with the Letters Festival in Atlanta to present this special IRL and internet-hosted event.

We’ll watch livestreamed readings from Tanwi Nandini Islam, Michael Kimball. Live in studio, we’ll project Jane Wong and Rachel Kessler to the other side of the country!

More about the Letters Festival: lettersfestival.org
More about APRIL: aprilfestival.com