Caroline Kessler is a poet, editor, and community creator who works at the intersections of language, spirituality, and organizing. This work takes the form of writing poetry and nonfiction, creating handmade magazines, and facilitating gatherings and spiritual experiences. After spending several years in the San Francisco Bay Area, she relocated to St. Louis, where earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Washington University. She was a T.S. Eliot Scholar and the recipient of a University Fellowship and a full-tuition scholarship.
Her chapbook, Ritual in Blue, is forthcoming from Sutra Press in December 2017. This summer, she’s living in Oakland, CA and working as a consultant for local Jewish non-profits, and will be the Senior Residential Assistant at Great Jewish Books, an immersive program for high school students at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA.
In November 2015, she co-founded Ashreinu, the only independent kehilla (community) in the city of St. Louis. Ashreinu gathers several times a month for inspired davening (praying), peer-led learning, and innovative Jewish ritual. With Janet Frishberg, she’s the co-creator of The 18 Somethings Project, a writing adventure, and co-founder of Index/Fist, a creative collective that publishes boundary-pushing zines and hosts creative gatherings.
Her freelance work involves copywriting, branding, content strategy, and developmental and copy editing for fiction + nonfiction books. Titles include Adam Smiley Poswolsky’s best-selling career change book for millenials, The Quarter-life Breakthrough and Sumeet Banerji’s novel Ice Party.
She holds a BA with honors in Creative Writing and a minor in Religion from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was also the student Commencement Speaker. More on LinkedIn and very occasionally, Twitter.
Want to connect? Drop her a line: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo credit: Leah Raczka.