Finding Family Ghosts In My Neighborhood

FM 88.5 KNKX interviewed me about Yesler Way and the Kesslers on it. Listen to me read an excerpt from “Profanity Hill: A Tour of Yesler Way” (anthologized in Ghosts of Seattle Past) and talk about gentrification and uncovering lost history.

Herman-Leo-William-Harriette Laurie

(Herman “Pop” Kessler, Klondiker and my great-great-grandfather)

Me & You & Everyone We Know & Miranda July & Post-Partum Depression

Mutha Magazine published my essay, first performed at Washington Ensemble Theatre‘s Six Pack Series Celebrity-themed night (in the old space on 19th Ave E, previously the Northwest Film Forum’s Little Theater/Wiggly World where this photo happened:)Nursing Hamster

with my best lady Betsey Brock, master of sock puppets.

RKessler+Sock Puppets

She took this picture of me directing her on how sock puppets interact. Betsey masterfully transformed a pink sock into a vulva puppet that night, and somehow operated 3 sock puppets with 2 hands and a foot.

Read the essay here.


From the Archive: “Are You There, Judy Blume? It’s Me, Rachel”, by Rachel Kessler

This essay was commissioned by SAL on the occasion of our program featuring Judy Blume in the 2014/15 Literary Arts Series, on June 11, 2015. It was written by WITS Writer-in-Residence Rachel Kessl…

Source: From the Archive: “Are You There, Judy Blume? It’s Me, Rachel”, by Rachel Kessler

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


Ye Olde CHOW Reviews Celebrating One of my Favorite Senior Citizens

An oldie but a goodie: a CHOW review in The Stranger of the old Goodwill’s cafe featuring Marie, who just turned 90 this week!

Another funny story about the Fremont Transfer Station (aka The Dump) and late term pregnancy: