Kevin Sessums

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Kevin Sessums
Born 1956 (age 59–60)
Mississippi, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Author, magazine editor
Known for Author, Mississippi Sissy," "I Left It On the Mountain"

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 Dr. J. Kim Sessums of Brookhaven, Mississippi.[1]

He attended, but dropped out of, the Juilliard School in New York City.[2][3]


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, Playboy, and He was the founding Editor-in-Chief of FourTwoNine magazine and is currently the Editor at Large of the Curran in San Francisco.

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.[4] His audio recording of Mississippi Sissy was nominated for a 2007 Quill Award.[5] In 2015, he published his second memoir, I Left It on the Mountain,which made the New York Times Celebrity Bestseller List.

He portrayed the character Peter Cipriani in the miniseries adaptation of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City.[6]

Personal life[edit]

He is gay.[7]

Sessums has HIV.[8] In an August 2014 interview with The New York Times to promote FourTwoNine, a magazine, he claimed to have used crystal meth.[9]

He lives in San Francisco.[10]


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