THE HAPPY BOTTOM RIDING CLUB : THE LIFE AND TIMES OF PANCHO BARNES
Lauren J. Kessler ( April 4th, 1950 ) was born in New York City ( New York, United States ).
She first began as an advertising copywriter for CNA Financial Corporation, based in Chicago ( Illinois, United States, 1971 - 1972 ), and at the same time, graduating with a B.S.J. ( Bachelor of Science, Journalism, with honours ) from Northwestern University ( Evanston, Illinois, 1971 / 1972 ). She then worked as a reporter, an instructor in journalism and graduating with a M.S. ( Magister Scientiae : Master of Science, with honours ) from University of Oregon ( Eugene, Oregon, 1975 ).
Lauren Kessler pursued her career as an assistant professor of communication, graduating with a Ph.D. ( Philosophiæ doctor : Doctor of Philosophy ) from University of Washington ( Seattle, Washington, 1980 ). She assumed in the following years various functions as a correspondent, professor, director and editor.
Lauren Kessler's writing career started in the early 1980s, with The Dissident Press : Alternative Journalism in American History ( 1984 ). She once told :
" I write in the genre of literary nonfiction, which combines the power of truth with the drama of fiction. ( ... ) Writing is how I learn, not just about my subjects but about myself. ( ... ) Writing for me is no longer an act of choice. When I am not writing, I do not feel quite human. "
Lauren Kessler has authored and co - authored 11 further books, contributed to three other ones as well as to several periodicals. Throughout her life, her talents have earned her several awards and honours. Married and mother of three children, Lauren Kessler is an international speaker and workshop leader, and the creator of two graduate programmes in narrative journalism. She divides her time between homes in Crete and Oregon.
( sources : Wikipedia, www.encyclopedia.com, laurenkessler.com )