I was born in Chicago and raised in the greater Los Angeles area. In 2004 I moved north and spent five years or so bouncing around the San Francisco and North Oakland areas. In 2009 I moved to Portland, Oregon and bought a house. I expect I’ll be here for a while.
Sarai and I were married in Berkeley in 2007. We live in SE Portland with two cats of exceptional beauty and charm.
I travel frequently, both within and outside of the US. I’ve been to around 20 countries on five continents, some more than once, and try to get out of the country at least once or twice every year. I also travel within the US a few times a year, usually getting down to LA two or three times as well as elsewhere. I’m a big fan of frequent flyer programs.
I love books, both fiction and nonfiction, and I read about a wide variety of topics. I am obsessed with religious symbolism and iconography. My politics do not fit in well with the two-party dichotomy in the US.
The bulk of my career has been in technology. I spent four years in the early 2000s as a professional spammer hunter and have a respectable number of kills under my belt. I’ve since worked in system administration and web development, both as an employee and a independent consultant. My technical interests now include Linux, Ruby, web standards and technologies, web performance, security, and devops.
My primary work is now with Colette Media, which Sarai and I founded in 2009. We design and publish modern, usable sewing patterns with a vintage flavor, a monthly online magazine, and more. We have an amazing community of fans and followers.
For a few years I wrote a cocktail blog called Cocktailia and ran a popular annual educational cocktail and spirits event in Portland called Cocktail Camp. Both projects have been retired, but my love of whiskey and fine cocktails has not.
How to contact me
Email is nearly always the best way to contact me. Personal email can be sent to kenn at kennwilson dot com. For communication regarding Colette Patterns, Seamwork Magazine, or related business, please refer to our company contact page.
You can also follow me on Instagram.