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OutWrite Presents Beverly Ann Kessler

Permanent Link | Posted by The DC Center on June 23, 2011 11:50 PM


buildingitall.pngJoin us as Beverly Ann Kessler reads from her debut novel Building it All From Scraps. This reading takes place Saturday August 6th at 12:30 PM at the DC Center for the LGBT Community, 1318 U St NW. This event is part of the OutWrite LGBT Book Fair. For more information, visit


A vibrant and playful celebration of gay pride, Building It All From Scraps is a campy fiction that blends love, relationships, friendships and family, with an understanding of gay culture and history. Set at the Jersey Shore in the 1970's and 1980's, the story shares the transformation of a shy and ambiguous girl to a professional gay woman, and pits wants vs. expectations, needs vs. loyalties, in this comical construction of life's loves, and the quest to find true meaning.


Born and raised in New Jersey, Beverly Ann Kessler is a Licensed Social Worker, who has worked in human services for nearly thirty years. An attendee at Shepherd College, West Virginia, she received her BSW from Kean College, and her MSW from Rutgers University. She has worked in medical, renal and geriatric social work, and in adult and child protective services. She is a member of NASW.

Ms. Kessler has dedicated her life to the fight for social justice. She is active in the anti-poverty movement, and has worked as an advocate in energy and environmental issues, and in homeless prevention. Most recently, she has worked with Garden State Equality in the fight for marriage equality in New Jersey. She is active in her Episcopal Church, where she serves as youth mentor, and participates in various social welfare projects. Spirituality and her love of nature have been her combined life force. She has shared this love and commitment with her partner of twenty-five years.


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