Jascha Kessler was born in New York City in 1929. He is the author of four collections of poetry, eight books of fiction, and several translations. Notable among his works are Bride of Acacias: the Poetry of Forugh Farrokhzad (1983), Collected Poems (1998), and most recently Essays (2018). His first award for writing was the Major Hopwood Award in 1952. Since then, he has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a fellowship from the California Arts Council, and multiple Fulbright Awards. He taught English at UCLA from 1961 until his retirement. Kessler is currently Professor Emeritus at UCLA.
Audio Recordings with Jascha Kessler
- Jascha Kessler reading his poems with comment in the Recording Laboratory, Jan. 19, 1960
- Jascha Frederick Kessler reading his poems with comment in the Recording Laboratory, Apr. 1, 1974