COREY MESLER has published in numerous journals and anthologies, including  Poetry, Five Points, Gargoyle, The Esquire/Narrative4 Project and Good Poems, American Places (Viking Press, 2011). He has published eight novels, Talk: A Novel in Dialogue (2002), We Are BillionYear-Old Carbon (2006), The Ballad of the Two Tom Mores (2010), Following Richard Brautigan (2010), Gardner Remembers (2011), Frank Comma and the Time-Slip (2012),  Diddy-Wah-Diddy: A Beale Street Suite (2013) and Memphis Movie (2015); 5 full length poetry collections, Some Identity Problems (2008), Before the Great Troubling (2011), Our Locust Years (2013), The Sky Needs More Work (2014), and Opaque Melodies that Would Bug Most People (2015); and 3 books of short stories, Listen: 29 Short Conversations (2009), Notes toward the Story and Other Stories (2011), I’ll Give You Something to Cry About (2011), and As a Child (2014) . He has also published over a dozen chapbooks of both poetry and prose. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize numerous times, and two of his poems have been chosen for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. His fiction has received praise from John Grisham, Robert Olen Butler, Lee Smith, Frederick Barthelme, Greil Marcus, among others. With his wife, he runs Burke’s Book Store in Memphis TN, one of the country’s oldest (1875) and best independent bookstores. He can be found at http://www.coreymesler.wordpress.com.



COREY MESLER, a Trappist Monk, was raised by wolves. He has Canadian blood, which, unlike Canadian Bacon, doesn’t stay fresh if left out. He has rambled around some, mostly from the bed to the bathroom, and once saw Prince in the Los Angeles airport. He also dated Vanity’s sister, but has no claims to ethnic insider information. He published a novel once that some people liked. As of this date, he has written 3,861 poems. He also claims to have written “Green Acres.” His wife tells him which shirt goes with which pants.

Photo credit: Chloe Mesler

Self Portrait with Third Eye


Corey Mesler
1954 Young
Memphis TN 38104

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