Ann Kestner is the founder and editor of the online literary journal Poetry Breakfast. Her poems have appeared in a vast selection of journals including Mobius, Dime Show, Wildflower Muse, Calamus Journal, and many others sometimes under the pennames Isabel Kestner and Isabel Sylvan. Her poem “Jukebox Girl” was the introduction poem to the inaugural issue of Memoir Mixedtapes.
Ann Kestner offers a unique voice, one that stems from a life often lived in the outskirts where she constantly searches for the beauty behind the shadows. She has never fully conformed to the academic literates or performance poets, instead she has developed a distinct style of her own. She is not fearful of difficult truths and heavy emotions, nor does she apologize for expressing them.
During 2017 she was the poet in residence and director at the Poetry and Arts Barn in Cream Ridge, NJ where she hosted a variety writing groups, workshops and poetry readings. She currently reads a local poetry readings in New Jersey.
While her work has been widely published in print and online. In 2018, she began producing a series of books through Poetry House Studios featuring themed collections of her poetry. This effort produced Anything but Love Poems, Mixtape Poetry, Gasoline, Pigtails and Curls, and Surviving the Sorrow.
Originally from Bayville, NJ, she has lived from coast to coast spending time in Colorado and California. After 20 years in Virginia, she returned to NJ and now resides among the trees in Jackson, NJ. She can often be found at poetry readings and hosting workshops throughout New Jersey.