A Conversation with Kevin Sessums

Interviewed by Mark Matousek
February, 2015

Kevin Sessums’s memoir I Left It on the Mountain, is the heartbreaking, inspiring story of one man’s struggle for survival – and redemption – against the odds. Formerly an editor at Interview Magazine and Vanity Fair, Sessums made his name as a celebrity journalist before turning to memoir with Mississippi Sissy, a New York Times bestseller. Currently Editor in Chief of 429 Magazine, Kevin talked to Mark about his walks on the wild side and how he came to undertake the spiritual pilgrimage recounted in his latest book.

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About Mark Matousek:
Mark Matousek is the author of two award-winning memoirs, Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story and The Boy He Left Behind: A Man’s Search For His Lost Father, as well as When You’re Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living and Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life. A featured blogger for Psychology Today, Purple Clover, and The Huffington Post, he has contributed to numerous publications including The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Yoga Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Details, AARP, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, and The Saturday Evening Post. A popular lecturer, mentor, and teacher, he is on the faculty of The Omega Institute, The New York Open Center, and other institutions, as well as offering private workshops and classes internationally. He is the Creative Director of V-Men, an organization devoted to ending violence against women and girls, and the founder of Mark Matousek Media, a digital publishing company whose products and editorial services focus on transformational writing, self-inquiry, and creativity. His latest book is Ethical Wisdom for Friends.