New poetry collection

My new poetry collection, The Sky Needs More Work, formerly only an ebook, is now available in a version made of paper and glue. And it’s available at my very own bookstore. If you’d like to order a signed or inscribed copy do it HERE.


First draft

Friends, today I wrote two of the most hopeful and satisfying words in our language: The End.

I finished the first draft of a novel that began unspooling on Sunday, May 20th, 2012, 12:39 p.m. It netted out at 266,074 words, making it 200,000 words longer than anything else I have written. Perhaps it was a fool’s journey. Perhaps, when I begin the long task ahead of editing I will wonder what the hell I thought I was doing. But this morning, right now, I feel like a god.

One new poem

…here in The Rusty Nail:

My page at MadHat Press

Two blurbs

Today I feel lucky because I got these two wonderful early blurbs, from two formidable authors, for my next novel, Robert Walker, which will appear about a year from now from Livingston Press.


“In Robert Walker, Corey Mesler has created a protagonist who pulls us into his world and forces us to see the world as he experiences it. Lucky for readers that this world is made perfect by its flaws. A vivid portrait of Memphis and the people who we often choose not to see.”

Courtney Miller Santo, author of Three Story House and The Roots of the Olive Tree



“Robert Walker, the main character of Corey Mesler’s book of the same name is a man adrift in Memphis. Walker is homeless and he moves through the city connecting with both his own past and the cities needy and vulnerable. Readers will find something gentle, wise and moving in these pages.”

Darcey Steinke, author of Sister Golden Hair and Suicide Blonde

My new book of stories


People who still care for me. My new collection of short stories, As a Child (MadHat Books, $18), is now available from my happy, hailed, historic bookstore. The stunning cover art is by Memphis’s best artist, Tim Crowder. Below find some nice things some nice folks said about it. Out-of-towners can order signed or inscribed copies through

Thanks for paying attention to me at least until the end of this email.



Plugs for As a Child: Stories



“Reading the stories in Corey Mesler’s marvelous new collection, As A Child, I try to figure out how he can so nimbly distill pathos into joy, fear and desire into sweet hilarity, and language itself into a vehicle of pure delight.  Magic is the only explanation that comes to mind.”

Steve Stern, author of The Book of Mischief and the Jewish Book Award winner The Wedding Jester



“In As a Child: Stories, Corey Mesler is once again tender, inventive, and gently fearless. Mesler’s stories transport the reader to a land where nothing matters but the madly beating heart.  Be prepared for what you never knew you knew, and hold on tight. It is all there.”

Meg Pokrass, author of Damn Sure Right


“Wise, raucous, straight-shooting, poignant, funny as all hell, and, at times, brutal and uplifting, the eclectic and electric collection of stories in Corey Mesler’s As a Child sucked me in and carried me away from the very first page.  The vibrant, real-as-can-be characters and Mesler’s economic, evocative prose (my favorite kind) bring to mind that master of the gothic short story, Flannery O’Connor.  I would have followed his characters into full-length novels.  I certainly plan to follow Mesler into the pages of all his books to come.”

– Jennifer Niven, author of Velva Jean Learns to Drive and American Blonde



“Having just finished reading Corey Mesler’s As a Child, I can’t think of anything I’d rather do right now than start reading it all over again.  The first time, I was smiling all the way through.  I felt like the guy in one story who self-medicates by eating a dime and finds his world transformed.  These are stories filled with wit and surprise, with heart-busting sadness and romping joy.”

Josephine Humphreys, author of Rich in Love and Nowhere Else on Earth


“Corey Mesler has unhinged my brain and filled it with words so artfully arranged that they make me want to weep with envy. He blurs the lines between prose and song so that the writer becomes the singer: observant, lyrical, and passionate. Every story in As a Child is a treat.

Laura Benedict, author of Bliss House and Isabella Moon


As a Child Final Cover192

One new poem

One new poem, here: