About

I am a multi-genre writer — poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, and reviews — and professor of creative writing (poetry and fiction) in the undergraduate and MFA programs of New York University and the New School. My 2015 poetry collection, Greetings From My Girlie Leisure Place from Bloof Books, was one of Entropy’s Best Poetry Collections of 2015. My two fiction collections — The Empty Quarter and In Ordinary Time, both from Hanging Loose Press — were published in French translation by Hachette in 2005 as Ma Vie à Yonago. I was a member of the flarf collective and a Nuyorican slam semi-finalist. My awards include a Fulbright Specialist grant, two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, a Jerome Foundation mentoring award, and a MacArthur Scholarship, given through the Brooklyn College MFA program through nomination by Allen Ginsberg. If you would like to contact me for readings, lectures, panels, symposia, drinks, lite cat-sitting, major monetary awards and advice on your silverfish problems, please write to me at mesmers@newschool.edu.

(I’m joking about the silverfish. You’re on your own there.)

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