I’m a poet, editor, and facilitator who is lit up by nuance, depth, and story. I love connecting with people to unleash their creativity, feel a part of community, and transport themselves through art.

I’m the co-creator / co-founder of:

  • The 18 Somethings Project, a writing adventure to activate your creativity that has always been virtual.
  • Index/Fist, a creative collective that publishes handmade magazines.
  • Ashreinu, an independent spiritual community in St. Louis.

I write poems, including Ritual in Blue (Sutra Press, 2018). I’ve taught students of all ages at Washington University in St. Louis, the Yiddish Book Center, Jewish Vocational Center in San Francisco, the Negev Writers Retreat, and elsewhere. I hold an MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis, where I was a T.S. Eliot Scholar, and a BA with honors in Creative Writing and a minor in religion from Carnegie Mellon University.

Currently: open to working with writers and subject matter experts seeking to write a book or book proposal. Reach out to learn more about how I help individuals articulate their story:  hi@carokess.com.

Based in Oakland, CA / on Chochenyo Ohlone land. She/her/hers.