Kevin Sessums

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Kevin Sessums
Born 1956 (age 57–58)
Mississippi, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Author, magazine editor
Known for Author, Mississippi Sissy

Kevin Sessums (born 1956) is an American author , editor and actor.


Early life[edit]

Kevin Sessums was born in 1956 in Forest, Mississippi. His brother is artist J. Kim Sessums of Brookhaven, Mississippi. His sister is Karole Sessums, one of the founders of Grey Matters. He attended the Juilliard School in New York City.


He has served as executive editor of Interview and as a contributing editor of Vanity Fair, Allure, and Parade. His work has also appeared in Travel+Leisure, Elle, Out, Marie Claire, and Playboy. He has written theatre criticism for and cultural postings for He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of FourTwoNine magazine and the Editorial Director of

In 2007, he published a memoir titled Mississippi Sissy, which is about the conflicted life of a self-aware gay boy growing up in Forest, Mississippi. It made the New York Times Bestseller list and won the 2008 Lambda Literary Award for Best Male Memoir.[1] His audio recording of Mississippi Sissy was nominated for a 2007 Quill Award.[2]

He portrayed the character Peter Cipriani in the miniseries adaptation of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City.[3] St. Martins Press will publish his sequel to the bestselling Mississippi Sissy which is titled I Left It on the Mountain.

Personal life[edit]

He is openly gay.


  1. ^ Provenzano, Jim (2007-03-01). "Sissy fire". Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  2. ^ "The Quill Awards Announce 2007 Nominees". Quill Awards. 2007-06-02. Archived from the original on 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  3. ^ Kevin Sessums at the Internet Movie Database

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