Corey Mesler is the owner of Burke’s Book Store, in Memphis, Tennessee, one of the country’s oldest (1875) and best independent bookstores. He has published poetry and fiction in numerous journals including Turnrow, Rattle, Pindeldyboz, Quick Fiction, American Poetry Journal, Thema, Mars Hill Review, Adirondack Review, Poet Lore and others. He has also been a book reviewer for The Memphis Commercial Appeal and Memphis Flyer. A short story of his was chosen for the 2002 edition of New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best. Talk, his first novel, appeared in 2002. His second novel, We Are Billion-Year-Old Carbon, came out in January 2006. His novels have received praise from Lee Smith, John Grisham, Robert Olen Butler, Frederick Barthelme, George Singleton, Marshall Chapman, Steve Stern and others. His latest poetry chapbooks are The Hole in Sleep (2006), The Agoraphobe’s Pandiculations (2006), Publisher (2007) and The Chloe Poems (2007). His poem, "Sweet Annie Divine," was chosen for Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. His first full-length collection of poetry, Some Identity Problems, is due out in 2007. He also claims to have written "Dang Me." Most importantly, he is Toby and Chloe’s dad and Cheryl’s husband. He can be found at

In answer to our question of why he writes, Corey responded:

"What keeps me writing, what keeps me producing work, is the very concrete consideration that my work goes out into the world for me. I suffer with agoraphobia and panic syndrome and have been practically housebound for almost a decade. If not for my poems and stories and novels reaching readers, in whatever small numbers, I would feel even more isolated, even more outside the feast of life. Of course, also, for me, writing is a joy, the only way I can limn the infinite.or at least the lengthy."







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