Corey Mesler has published in numerous journals and anthologies. He has published two novels, Talk: A Novel in Dialogue (2002) and We Are Billion-Year-Old Carbon (2006). His first full- length poetry collection, Some Identity Problems , has just been released. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize numerous times, and one of his poems was chosen for Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac . He enjoys racquet sports and rough toweling. He has two children, Toby, age 19, and Chloe, age 12. With his wife, Cheryl, he runs Burke's Book Store, which, in 2007, relocated to the verdant environs of the Cooper-Young neighborhood, where he also resides. He can be found at www.coreymesler.com.
"Buzz" writer Taylor Eason was born and raised in Atlanta. In 1991, she received her undergraduate degree in English/French Literature from Colgate University, whose proximity to New York wineries lured her into a fascination with the grape. She enrolled at Ecôle Hotelière de Genève in Switzerland, a 15-month restaurant management school, and traveled extensively to French and Italian wine countries, becoming more wine geeky every day. After completing her studies in Europe, she moved to Tampa to manage the Harry Waugh Dessert Room at Bern's Steakhouse, home of the most extensive wine list in the world. In August 2001, she launched Corkscrew , a weekly wine education column. She lives in Tampa with her cat, Mitch, and her killer wine collection.
Contributing editor Leonard Gill is a Memphian born and bred, and before returning to his hometown in 1984, he learned about the publishing trade as an editor for a subsidiary of Harper & Row in Boston. At the Round Table Bookstore in Memphis, he then got a first-hand look at the book trade. He is a copy editor and book reviewer for the Memphis Flyer , and as a monthly columnist for Memphis , he focuses on fiction and nonfiction of local or regional interest. He also serves as a judge for Memphis' annual fiction competition.
One of the most acclaimed photographers in the Mid-South, Murray Riss' work has graced the pages of Memphis magazine for more than 20 years. Armed with a master's degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, Riss established the photography department at the Memphis College of Art, where he taught for nearly 20 years. His work has been shown in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and other institutions.