Sharon Mesmer

Sharon Mesmer’s poetry collections are The Virgin Formica (Hanging Loose, 2008) and Annoying Diabetic Bitch (Combo Books, 2008); previous collections are Half Angel, Half Lunch (Hard Press, 1998) and the chapbooks Vertigo Seeks Affinities (Belladonna Books, 2006) and Crossing Second Avenue (ABJ Books, Tokyo, 1997). Fiction collections are Ma Vie à Yonago (in French translation from Hachette Littératures, 2005), In Ordinary Time and The Empty Quarter (Hanging Loose 2005 and 2000). An excerpt of her story “Revenge” appeared in the just-released anthology I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (Les Figues). She has had print work in Poetry, New American Writing, Women’s Studies Quarterly, West Wind Review, Abraham Lincoln and online work on the sites esque, The Wall Street Journal, Poets for Living Waters, and The Scream. A selection of her flarf poetry will appear in the forthcoming Postmodern American Poetry — A Norton Anthology. From 2003-2006 her column, “Seasonal Affect,” appeared in the French fashion magazine Purple; currently her music and book reviews can be found in The Brooklyn Rail. Her awards include a 2010 Fulbright Specialist grant, a 2009 Jerome Foundation/SASE grant (as co-recipient/mentor, with poet Elisabeth Workman, grantee), two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships (2007 and 1999), and the 1990 MacArthur Scholarship given through the Brooklyn College MFA poetry program by nomination of Allen Ginsberg. She also teaches creative writing at New York University and the New School.