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About the Author

Born in New York City, Jascha Kessler (Ph.D., Litt.D.) has received research grants,  prizes, and writing fellowships since 1952  when he won a Major Hopwood Award  for Poetry (University of Michigan). They include the NEA Fellowship in Writing, two Senior Fulbright Awards to Italy and one to Czechoslovakia. Since 1961, he has been a professor of Modern English & American Literature at UCLA, also  teaching poetry, fiction, and playwriting.

In 1979, Mr. Kessler was a Rockefeller Fellow and worked at the Bellagio Study Center, completing  his translation (with Amin Banani) of the modern Persian poet Forugh  Farrokhzad: BRIDE OF ACACIAS: THE POETRY OF FORUGH  FARROKHZAD (Caravan Books, Delmar, NY: 1983). He won a California Arts Council Fellowship in Fiction Writing for 1993-1994. He reviewed fiction and poetry weekly, theater and events on the air for  KUSC-FM (Los Angeles) for 5 years in the 1980s; several dozen of his reviews, both broadcast and published in magazines and papers since the 1960s, have been anthologized in CONTEMPORARY LITERARY  CRITICISM (Gale Research) over the decades. His literary essays have appeared widely.

Among other books, translations of prose and poetry from the Hungarian, Serbian, and Bulgarian. His latest book is “SIREN SONGS & CLASSICAL ILLUSIONS,” also revised and expanded with a Preface as an eBook [McPherson & Company].

He also served as Arts Commissioner for the City of Santa Monica,  California, from 1990-1996.