Born and raised in the Anthracite Coal Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Rachel Kesselman is a writer living in Paris, France. Her work has been awarded the Carlisle Family Scholarship for the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Workshop, the Mathey Family Scholarship for the Mendocino Coast Writers' Conference, and the Frederick E. Hart Scholarship for Excellence in Nonfiction at the Leopardi Writing Conference in Recanati, Italy. One of her essays was recently a finalist for North American Review's 2021 Terry Tempest Williams Prize. She has been a writer-in-residence at the Sundress Academy for the Arts and Welcome Hill Studios and is a regular "Muser" at La Muse Artists and Writers Retreat in the south of France. Within the Paris literary community, Rachel has participated in readings and workshops with SpokenWord Paris and the Paris Fringe Festival. She holds a BA in French and English from Bryn Mawr College and a Master's in Comparative Literature and Education from the Sorbonne. She is currently seeking representation for her memoir and is working on a novel.
"On ne naît pas femme : on le devient."