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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sharon Mesmer  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry

Born: 1960 in Chicago, Illinois


-- Sharon Mesmer on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=sharon+mesmer


Illinois Connection

Mesmer was born in Chicago and graduated from Columbia College, Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sharon Mesmer is a literacy tutor for CAMBA, a nonprofit support group. She was a teacher at New School in New York in 1995.She is a columnist for the French periodical ''Le Purple Journal'' and is contributor to other periodicals.


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Titles At Your Library

Half Angel, Half Lunch.
ISBN: 1889097225

Hard Press Editions. 2002

This one's long over due. Sharon Mesmer's poetry is a stream of indomitables spunk, it's tough and lush, polysyllabic and right off the streets of Chicago and New York. She creates a fabulous tissue of language which floats out to a inhabit other bodies, opens thier mouths and makes them speak. This book is funny and reflects a new kind of poetry consciousness. Alice Notley.

The Empty Quarter
ISBN: 1882413660

Hanging Loose Press. 2000

Fiction. Sharon Mesmer's first fiction collection follows the 1998 publication of her first book of poems, Half Angel, Half Lunch, which Allan Ginsberg called beautifully bold and vivaciously modern. Her work has appeared in such publications as New American Writing, Lingo, The World and Poets & Writers. Sharon's poems sweep the reader up in suppositions of identity and purpose. Who are we and what's going on here, and couldn't we and it be more luxuriant, astute and sexy than anyone could possibly imagine. The poet is vulnerable (but definitely not wimpy) as she flexes her mind and body in words over (and through) matter to produce multiple revelations over and over again. -- Ed Friedman

Ma vie à Yonago (French Edition)
ISBN: 2012357164

HACHETTE LITTERATURE. 2005

In Ordinary Time
ISBN: 1931236488

Hanging Loose Press. 2005

Fiction. Sharon Mesmer's new collection of short fiction shows a depth of feeling that permeates every story. "Mesmer's evocative poetic language provies refreshingly clear images and clever turns of phrase" - Publisher's Weekly. "Mesmer's quick wit jolts through bitter, cacophonous territory, a classic roller-coaster ride" - American Book Review. Fiction. Sharon Mesmer's new collection of short fiction shows a depth of feeling that permeates every story. "Mesmer's evocative poetic language provies refreshingly clear images and clever turns of phrase" - Publisher's Weekly. "Mesmer's quick wit jolts through bitter, cacophonous territory, a classic roller-coaster ride" - American Book Review.

Annoying Diabetic Bitch
ISBN: 0972888039

Combo Books. 2008

Poetry. Sharon Mesmer is not only provocative, but also confrontational in her new book of poems, ANNOYING DIABETIC BITCH. The namesake poem appears first in the book and screams curses and prideful incantations regarding the diabetic condition at its audience. The book is divided into eight sections riddled with shocking images like a little white boy shooting "a rather alarming streak of pee into the nose of Jesus" while one poem asks the question "Who Put the Frog in Grandma's Shit?" With an imagination driven by a raw and bestial point of view, Mesmer aggressively takes her reader into a world in which the laws of conduct do not apply, and the reader is all the more pleased with their findings. Sharon Mesmer is "always interesting, beautifully bold and vivaciously modern"—Allen Ginsberg.

The Virgin Formica
ISBN: 1931236917

Hanging Loose Press. 2008

Poetry. "Whether taking surreal leaps and bounds over the trash and beauty of cityscapes or drawing gnomic liness from woodland views, Sharon Mesmer's poems are timed to rise with those moments when 'things are always beginning or becoming' or to settle in 'a way to hear Hope talking or maybe listening.' At turns intimate or boisterously satiric, THE VIRGIN FORMICA can gently detonate or erupt, carrying readers along on ripples or shockwaves"--Paul Violi. Sharom Mesmer's other poetry collections include ANNOYING DIABETIC BITCH, Vertigo Seeks Affinities, Half Angel, Half Lunch, and Crossing Second Avenue. Her prose collections are Ma Vie Yonago, In Ordinary Time and The Empty Quarter. Lonely Tylenol, an art book in collaboration with the painter David Humphrey, was published in 2003. She is a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts fellow in poetry.


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