Jascha Kessler has published 7 books of his poetry and fiction as well as 6 volumes of translations of poetry and fiction from Hungarian, Persian and Bulgarian, several of which have won major prizes. In 1989, his translation of Sndor Rkos CATULLAN GAMES won the Translation Award from the National Translation Center (MARLBORO PRESS). His latest volume of fiction, SIREN SONGS & CLASSICAL ILLUSIONS: 50 Stories, appeared in December of 1992. His verse translation of Sophocles OEDIPUS TYRANNUS, with an Introduction, appears in 1998 (University of Pennsylvania Press). He served as Arts Commissioner for the City of Santa Monica 1990-1996, and won a Fellowship in Fiction Writing for 1993-1994 from the California Arts Council.