Born and raised in the coal region of Pennsylvania, Rachel Kesselman is a writer living in Paris, France. Her writing 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. She has been a writer-in-residence at artist colonies including the Sundress Academy for the Arts, Welcome Hill Studios and the Bordeneuve Retreat for Artists and Writers. An active member of the Paris literary community, Rachel has participated in readings and workshops with associations including 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, teaching French high school students at a lycée in Paris. She is currently seeking representation for her memoir.
"On ne naît pas femme : on le devient."