Sharon Mesmer (born in 1960) is a Polish-American poet, fiction writer, essayist and professor of creative writing. Her poetry collections are ''Annoying Diabetic Bitch'' (Combo Books, 2008), ''The Virgin Formica'' (Hanging Loose Press, 2008), ''Vertigo Seeks Affinities'' (chapbook, Belladonna Books, 2007), ''Half Angel, Half Lunch'' (Hard Press, 1998) and ''Crossing Second Avenue'' (chapbook, ''ABJ Press'', Tokyo, 1997, published to coincide with a month-long reading tour of Japan sponsored by ''American Book Jam'' magazine). Her fiction collections are ''Ma Vie à Yonago'' (Hachette Littératures, Paris, in French translation by Daniel Bismuth, 2005), ''In Ordinary Time'' (Hanging Loose Press, 2005) and ''The Empty Quarter'' (Hanging Loose Press, 2005). She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs of New York University and The New School. She has lived in Brooklyn, New York since 1988 and is a distant relative of Franz Anton Mesmer, proponent of animal magnetism (or mesmerism) and Otto Messmer, the American animator best known for creating Felix the Cat.
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