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…
I wrote about Imposter Syndrome, feeling like a big faker, and my desire for revolution in the May issue of City Arts Magazine.
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.
I was at the Columbia City Theater, waiting for The Blow to play, when Christopher Frizzelle complimented my earrings. To which I responded with a story, of course.
He made me write this article about it.
Nancy Guppy and I ate blueberry lavender lemon pancakes and looked at the sky through the tree branches and talked about writing and religion. Here is a quote from the interview that Nancy Guppy did not use:
Nancy Guppy: What is your book about?
Rachel Kessler: It’s a series of essays about my vagina.
All kinds of love from Seattle Magazine!
My poems “Mice at the Jazz Concert” and “I Hate the Dancer” appear in the latest issue of Poetry Northwest!
(From “The Mouse & Mt St Helens” by Rachel Kessler, 1981)