Joseph F. Keppler

Contributing editor Joseph F. Keppler.

Joseph F. Keppler is a multidisciplinary Seattle artist working in steel, drawing, graphics, poetry, and creative critical writing.  He has four children with his wife, Jane Bernadette Campbell, and eleven grandchildren.  He was born in North Philadelphia’s slums and grew up on its ethnic-and-racial-divided streets.  His mother, Maria M. Nassauer, a young, Catholic, kindergarten teacher, survived the Allied bombing on Frankfurt, Germany.  His Catholic father, Joseph R. Keppler was a Corporal in the Public Relations Division in the United States Forces European Theater.


Steel, Drawing & Graphics, Writing

KIBO Galerie exhibited his steel work continuously alongside indigenous tribal African Art until KIBO closed its doors some years ago.  Past solo and group shows in Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver, Canada include four solo exhibitions at Zeitgeist, the most recent one in January 2020; three more exhibits at Form-Space-Light Gallery; and a two-artist exhibition at the Rock/DeMent gallery.


Drawing nourishes thoughts and vision.  He experiments with drawing from life, landscape, and art.  For example, on a train ride across North America from Seattle to Montreal he purposely drew with various media the passing scenes in order to study how differently landscape is perceived from a moving rather than a stationary perspective.  On other travels he used his laptop’s word-processing software to draw Correspondance (a sketchbook), a 2009 book about art and artists.  Recent published drawings and graphic art accompany his philosophical essay, Rewriting a Pre-Socratic Chorus/Remixing Verbal+Visual Lines.


For years when the Seattle Times had a Sunday book section, he wrote as a freelance nonfiction critic.  For the American Library Association he reviewed audiobooks, and for other art and literary publications he contributed many essays and reviews.  Currently he is contributing editor for E·ratio, an internet arts journal from New York. 


His works for E·ratio include The Mallarmé Project, which examines gallery exhibits and review articles centered on A Throw of the Dice byStéphane Mallarmé; Fall Collection from Seattle, which concerns art excursions, poetry as paper sculpture, and an artist’s talk given in Vancouver, Canada; Sparring in Seattle with Time, Space, Art, and Minds, which goes several rounds with historical and philosophical heavyweights; and Sampling Text Threads Tied Together in Seattle (How Much Are People Ideas?), which tests how speech and writing differ in the digital age. 


Some poems can be accessed through the E·ratio Authors PageSome visual poetry can be seen at a book launch via YouTube: The Last Vispo Release Party Part 3



website: Joseph F. Keppler, Contributing Editor, E·ratio


twitter: @JosephFKeppler1 or @StephMallarme

linkedin: Joseph F. Keppler








Rewriting A Presocratic Chorus / Remixing Verbal + Visual Lines .pdf

Sampling Text Threads Tied Together in Seattle (How Much Are People Ideas?) .pdf

Sparring in Seattle with Time, Space, Art, and Minds .pdf

Fall Collection from Seattle .pdf

The Mallarmé Project .pdf

Correspondance (a sketchbook) .pdf

3 poems with Joseph F. Keppler .pdf  





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