Based in Los Angeles, Sarah Fuss Kessler is a freelance writer and journalist, and an editor of the memoir and essay section at the Los Angeles Review of Books. She earned her MFA from The Bennington Writing Seminars, where she studied fiction and creative nonfiction with Sven Birkerts, Bret Anthony Johnston, Martha Cooley, and Askold Melnyczuk. Her prose poetry has been published by Hobart, and she's received honorable mention from Glimmer Train. The past year she spent at the University of Michigan, researching a book project and auditing a semester of creative-nonfiction in the Zell writers' program.


    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!, 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 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's been taking improv classes. When she's at home, she writes the Forbes-featured newsletter, One Thing L.A., where each week she shares one exceptional edible, activity, book, or other find.





      • Under contract: Reported essay, VQR
      • Hallway, HOBART (poem)
      • Forbes.com interviewed me about my Newsletter and L.A.
      • MFA, The Bennington Writing Seminars
      • Honorable Mention, Glimmer Train (short story)
      • Semi-finalist, Summer Literary Seminars (short story)
      • In progress: Reported memoir project



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