Monthly Archives: September 2014

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:

Three new poems

….Here in Far Enough East:

Poem accepted

I just got a poem accepted by Poetry Magazine. This is Olympia. This is as good as it gets. They are, hands down, the finest poetry journal this country has ever produced. They published “Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” They’ve published everyone. Here:

Step right up, congratulate me….

Now I shall retire. I’ve written enough.

Nice words

“Corey Mesler’s poems are the antithesis of what drives people away from poetry. They are easy reads, understandable and beautiful in their simplicity, yet full of imagery and depth. One rarely comes away from a one-page poem without a better understanding of life or its intricacies — and with that ‘wow’ feeling. You get to know Corey through his poems because he, and his work, are the real thing.”

–Harry Calhoun, author of Failure is Unimportant


One new poem

One new poem, here in Purple Pig Lit: