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Rod Kessler

Rod Kessler, after 31 years of teaching English and creative writing at Salem State, retired in 2014. Born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, he now lives in Salem, Massachusetts, where he writes opinion pieces for the local paper.

HE WAS ONCE MY STUDENT
KEVIN  CAREY with Rod  Kessler

If it hadn’t been official before, it’s official now: as soon as Garrison Keillor of NPR’s Writer’s Almanac recited “Reading to my kids” from the just-published collection, Jesus Was a Homeboy, we knew that its author Kevin Carey, my one-time graduate student, now friend and artistic colleague, had made a permanent spot for himself on the nation’s literary map.

John McWhorter’s Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America

In politics, the culture war between the “woke” and the unrelentingly unwoke rages on, and we might count casualties in the results of the upcoming 2022 midterm elections.

In Conversation

Time-Trails and Travelled Roads: GALE RENEE WALDEN with Rod Kessler

In her recently released Where the Time Goes, Illinois poet Gale Renee Walden moves the reader in various ways, including along the time-line.

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The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2022

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