Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Corey Mesler

“My World and Welcome to It”

Book Excerpt: Madstones

Corey Mesler has been published in numerous anthologies and journals, including Poetry, Gargoyle, Five Points, and New Stories from the South. He is the author of many books of both fiction and poetry. With his wife, Cheryl Mesler, he runs Burke’s Book Store in Memphis.

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“Return Key”

April 25, 2014 Corey Mesler’s work has been published in many journals and anthologies. In addition to a dozen chapbooks of both poetry and prose, he has also published eight novels, four full-length poetry collections, and three books of short stories. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize numerous times, and two of his poems were chosen for The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. Mesler lives in Memphis, where he is the co-owner (with his wife, Cheryl Mesler) of Burke’s Book Store. He will read from and sign copies of his newest collection, The Catastrophe of My Personality, at Burke’s on May 1, 2014, at 5:30 p.m.

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“Chloe Blooming”

June 20, 2013 Corey Mesler is the author of five novels, two books of poetry, and three story collections. He lives in Memphis, where he is the co-owner, with his wife Cheryl, of Burke’s Book Store. “Chloe Blooming” is an excerpt from his newest poetry collection, Our Locust Years, available from Unbound Content on July 1, 2013.

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Sentences That Warmed the Air

A bookstore owner remembers William Gay’s first public reading

February 29, 2012 William Gay was quiet, shy. He spoke in a whispery murmur that still carried that Old South weight in it. Almost a rasp, the singing the wind might use after a few belts of Jack Daniels. I asked him how he was. He told me he was scared to death.

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