Born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Rachel Kesselman has made Paris her home for over ten years. 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 and another is forthcoming in Appalachian Review.
A regular "Muser" at La Muse Artists and Writers Retreat in the south of France, Rachel has also been a writer-in-residence at the Sundress Academy for the Arts and Welcome Hill Studios. 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 has completed a memoir and is currently at work on a novel.
"On ne naît pas femme : on le devient."