Back in the Bay after several months away means exploring old & new haunts in the city and the East Bay with dear friends. Pictured: views from Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve in the Berkeley Hills, close-up of the 10 million-year-old volcano, sunset vista from Bernal Hill in San Francisco, mural in the Mission, peeking up at Bernal from between buildings in the flats.
More exciting news: I’m part of an awesome, submissions-based reading series in San Francisco called Writing Without Walls. The theme this month is WILD ANIMALS (so me, right?). This Thursday, October 23, 7pm, at Cafe du Soleil in the Lower Haight. More info on the book of faces event.
I’ll be reading three poems, one about San Francisco’s very own columbarium. Stoked to meet the other writers and to read my work in a cafe that I have “worked in” (read, camped out in) many Sunday afternoons, back when when I lived a few blocks away.
The title of this brilliant zine that my friend Red Velvet just put out is pretty self-explanatory. Here’s an excerpt from the intro:
“Why does anyone feel like they can comment on bodies that don’t belong to them, particularly female bodies?
This is a zine about things that have been said to us: by friends, lovers, passerby, family, and strangers.
Some are funny, some are rude, some are simply puzzling.
Many are hurtful, and some are seriously upsetting.
All are completely unnecessary.
Generally, the people telling you things about your body are people who are not used to having their bodies critiqued in turn. This is about power, and visibility.”
The zine features 30+ anonymous submissions of cat calls, drawings, prose, and more, all compiled, edited, stapled, and carefully laid out by Red Velvet. I’m super-proud to be included in this zine and hope more editions are forthcoming! If you want to buy it (a mere two doll hairs, people), head to her Etsy store.
The first photo above is me packing this zine to take to some feminist writer friends in Oregon.
I’m beyond thrilled to have two short pieces in Treehouse, an online magazine that focuses on short writing, both poetry and prose. The editors of Treehouse accepted a poem I’ve been working on (aka coming back to and abandoning and coming back to…) for a while, “A Conversation in the Columbarium,” loosely about San Francisco’s columbarium. They also ask contributors for a “5 Things” list, which could be anything from an Amazon wish list to bodies of water you’re obsessed with. Read the poem and the list on Treehouse’s beautiful site.
Good news! I just printed another 30 (yes, thirty) zines about radically re-envisioning, re-seeing, rewriting, re-doing, re-whatevering your poetry and prose. You can still get Re[en]vision for $5 (plus 1 doll hair for shipping if you don’t live in the Bay Area). They’re exactly the same as the first print run, except they’re bound with some great navy thread I got at the amazing SCRAP in the Bayview. (You can send payment and your address to carolinehkessler [at] gmail [dot] com via PayPal or Venmo. More questions? Send ’em to that same email.)
The Opposite Of, in all its glory! With 17 contributors both by and beyond the Bay, this zine is packed with the most art we’ve ever had, plus nearly all-new contributors. Tiny Splendor did a beautiful job printing it. Big high-fives to Patrick Gage Kelley who did the cover and Sumeet Banerji who did the interior layout.
Want a copy? It’s only 5 doll hairs, and you can even send that electronically! Just email me, subject line “I want a copy of the zine.”
Thanks to everyone who made it to the party at the gorgeous space and even started a dance party at the end! It was so much FUN to celebrate with you.
This is my way of saying I am back from the bicycle trip (Seattle to San Francisco) and Lulu and I are making a zine about the trip. We’re calling the zine (you guessed it) Always Look a Dog in the Eye, after some terrifying encounters with those four-legged creatures in Washington State. We’ll include some drawings, maps, title story, notes from a first-time bike tourist (my piece), a blog post from our friend Ocean, and a few more surprises.
Limited printing! Probably about 30 copies. More details soon.