Corey Mesler is an American writer and shopkeeper. Mesler's work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies including The Esquire Narrative4 Project (2013), The Machinery and Good Poems, American Places (Viking Press 2011). He has published seven novels, Talk: A Novel in Dialogue (2002), We Are Billion-Year-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), and Diddy-Wah-Diddy: A Beale Street Suite (2013); 4 full length poetry collections: Some Identity Problems (2008), Before the Great Troubling (2011), Our Locust Years (2013), and "The Catastrophe of my Personality" (2014); and 3 books of short stories, Listen: 29 Short Conversations (2009), Notes toward the Story and Other Stories (2011) and I'll Give You Something to Cry About (2011). He has also published 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. With his wife, he runs Burke’s Book Store in Memphis, Tennessee. He and his wife bought Burke’s, an independent bookstore founded in 1875. It is one of the oldest independent bookstores in the United States.