Stuart Kestenbaum is the author of three collections of poems—Pilgrimage (Coyote Love Press), House of Thanksgiving (Deerbrook Editions), and Prayers and Run-on Sentences (Deerbrook Editions)—and a collection of essays: The View From Here (Brynmorgen Press). He has written and spoken widely on craft-making and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in numerous small-press publications and magazines, including Tikkun, The Sun, Beloit Poetry Journal, Northeast Corridor, and others, and on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac.
Former United States Poet Laureate Ted Kooser has written that “Stuart Kestenbaum writes the kind of poems I love to read, heartfelt responses to the privilege of having been given a life. No hidden agendas here, no theories to espouse, nothing but life, pure life, set down with craft and love.”
Kestenbaum has been the director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, since 1988. He is an honorary fellow of the American Craft Council and a recipient of the Distinguished Educator’s Award from the James Renwick Alliance.