Stephen Kessler on Juan Felipe Herrera

This article was first published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel two days ago. America’s new ‘bard without borders’ Juan Felipe Herrera, California’s poet laureate, the son of migrant farmworkers, will be the next U.S. poet in chief. Riverside Press-Enterprise file By Stephen Kessler, Special to the Sentinel Juan Felipe Herrera, child of Mexican-American migrant workers, schooled at UCLA and Stanford, native Californian and outgoing state poet laureate, frequent visitor to … Read more Stephen Kessler on Juan Felipe Herrera

Stephen Kessler on Richard O. Moore

PoetryFlash has just published an excellent, in-depth article on Richard Moore by Stephen Kessler. Below, the opening paragraphs; you can read the whole article here. Golden Codger: The Odd Career of Richard O. Moore by Stephen Kessler There all the golden codgers lay, There the silver dew… (W. B. Yeats) The trouble with everything is that it’s true. (Richard O. Moore) RICHARD O. MOORE, who died March 25, 2015, … Read more Stephen Kessler on Richard O. Moore

Stephen Kessler on Wanda Coleman

My old West Coast friend Stephen Kessler just brought my attention to his lovely poetryflash obituary for Wanda Coleman, & given that here on the East Coast there was little notice of her passing (shame on you, New York Times! — though we did have a lovely small memorial gathering with Bob Holman, Patricia Spears Jones, Lee Anne Brown, Nicole Peyrafitte, Julie Patton, & a few more) I asked … Read more Stephen Kessler on Wanda Coleman

Stephen Kessler on George Hitchcock

Here is Stephen Kessler’s obit for George Hitchcock, as published yesterday in SantaCruz.com. George Hitchcock, 1914-2010 When I was an undergraduate and aspiring poet at school in upstate New York in the mid-1960s I started reading the small-circulation independent literary journals known as little magazines. It was a volatile historical moment when cultural life was starting to erupt in all sorts of unpredictable forms, and one of those forms … Read more Stephen Kessler on George Hitchcock

Stephen Kessler Receives the 2010 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award

Most happy to report that old friend Stephen Kessler, indefatigable translator & poeta, received this major award for his translation of Luis Cernuda’s Desolation of the Chimera (White pine Press). Here is the press release from the Academy of American Poets: New York, April 8—The Academy of American Poets announced today that Stephen Kessler has been chosen by the translator Edith Grossman as the recipient of the 2010 Harold … Read more Stephen Kessler Receives the 2010 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award