Sarah Fuss Kessler earned her MFA from The Bennington Writing Seminars, where she studied creative nonfiction and fiction with Sven Birkerts, Bret Anthony Johnston, Martha Cooley, and Askold Melnyczuk. Since then she's been working on a memoir and recently published her prose poetry at Hobart. She's received honorable mention from Glimmer Train and is currently completing a reported essay for VQR.
This past term Sarah wrote and audited classes at the University of Michigan, where her husband, Mike Kessler, was a Knight-Wallace Fellow in journalism. In the fall she audited a semester of creative-nonfiction with Donovan Hohn in the Helen Zell Writers' Program. When at home in Los Angeles, she writes the Forbes-featured newsletter, One Thing L.A., where each week she shares one exceptional edible, activity, book, or other find.
From 2011 to 2014, Sarah was the food editor, then Special Projects Senior Editor, at TakePart.com, an online news publication owned by Participant Media, known for films such as Spotlight, Food, Inc., and An Inconvenient Truth. She restructured their education, food, and wildlife sections, which entailed recruiting, managing, and editing nationally recognized experts and emerging journalists. She also served as executive editor for a joint website with MSN, called MSN Causes, which covered international topics like human trafficking and World Refugee Day.
During four years at Yahoo! prior to that, Sarah became the senior food editor, wrote the Fresh Picks blog, and oversaw food content strategy with writers and partners, such as Mark Bittman, Serious Eats, Food & Wine, and Bon Appetit. Her stories and those she edited ran regularly on Yahoo's front page. Her start in publishing began as associate editor at the city magazine WhereLA, writing for weekly papers in Columbus, OH, and interning at the long-gone Miramax endeavor, Talk magazine.
In the political sector, Sarah was a staff member of the 2004 John Kerry presidential campaign, where she spent several months in Arizona and New Mexico as a field organizer in university precincts. In response to the loss, Sarah co-founded a non-profit dedicated to educating young voters about the importance of local Los Angeles elections. Simultaneously, she helped launch the progressive organization Courage Campaign, building partnerships with other influential organizations, such as the ACLU and CalPIRG.
Sarah was born and raised in the tangle of power lines, canyons, tacos, and traffic that is Los Angeles. Her path not taken would be comedy—or dance, but that can lead to food restrictions, so back to comedy. For fun, she recently started taking an improv class.
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