A special offer … one week only!

cover_frontI have 15 signed copies of my poetry collective, “The Dirt Still Looks the Same,” for only $8 each, with free shipping thrown in. This is a one-week only special, expiring on Dec. 2, 2016 or until they are sold out, whichever comes first. They usually retail for $12.95 each, plus shipping. This would make an excellent stocking stuffer for the literary lover in your world. Let me know if you’re interested in a signed copy, at this special price,  by sending an email to mcmeske214@gmail.com and I’ll let you know how to order…this is my way to say thanks for supporting one writer’s dreams!


Life changes…again


I wanted to share with all of you my latest updates. If you’ve been following my words at all, you probably already know that life has brought big changes to my world yet again. If you click on the photo, you can view my latest e-newsletter which was published this past Monday. To receive it in your own mailbox in the future, text MCMESKE to 22828 or click here and sign up for it.

At the time of this post, I am starting my new job as regional editor for Campbell Publications in Jerseyville, Illinois. I am managing three weekly papers: the Jersey County Journal, Calhoun News Herald, and Greene Prairie Press. My husband Kevin and I, along with my oldest son, have moved back to my hometown from West Virginia and are making our new home in the old town. Soon my mother will join us in the new home.  My aspirations as an author continue, staying at the forefront of all my vocational efforts.

However, I can say this for certain, it’s good to be home, and this time the change is for the best…


My latest e-newsletter publishes Monday…

newspaper-63189_960_720I will be publishing my latest issue of my mostly-monthly author e-mail newsletter on Monday morning, June 13. If you haven’t signed up to receive it, text MCMESKE to 22828 or click here to sign up today. You won’t want to miss the inside scoop! Join us on the trail…I’d love to have you on the journey!

A very special Monday…remember why

Today is Memorial Day. For many Americans, this holiday weekend has become the official start of summer—let the backyard BBQs begin, let the coolers overflow with as much beer as you can carry in from the car, and let the pool splashes last longer than the sunburn from a day spent too long in the water.

But wait. Shouldn’t we be reflecting more on why we even get to celebrate this weekend?

Now I’m not saying we shouldn’t spend time creating new memories with our family and friends. But what I am saying is that we should make sure those newly formed memories include an observation, a moment of reflection, and a demonstration of gratitude for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country and the ideals that make it what it is, protecting the rights and freedoms we enjoy every time we identify ourselves as citizens of the United States of America.

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Teach your children, your neighbors, your family members and friends to pause for just a moment or two and thank those who have served in our military and paid the price for our continued freedom. Be sure to thank their loved ones as well for being as unselfish as those compelled to serve. And while you’re at it, say a few words of thanks to those who have served and are lucky enough to have come back home as well as to those who are serving still today.

Then pass the steak sauce, pour on the sunscreen and let the suds flow…celebrate your good fortune and how incredibly lucky you are to be a citizen of this great nation!

P.S. And when you finally take a moment to rest, don’t forget to jump on over to Goodreads and enter the giveaway to win one of the five free books I’m giving away, along with some groovy swag! Entries end at 11:59 p.m. tomorrow (May 31), so don’t miss out… https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/187079-the-dirt-still-looks-the-same-a-poetry-collective

cover_frontP.S.S. Life is changing fast for me in June. A new job, new digs in familiar surroundings, and new adventures await! But I’m still first and foremost an author, so be sure to stay tuned. The best way to do that is to sign up for my mostly-monthly email newsletter, which you can do by clicking here or by texting MCMESKE to 22828 and following the prompts.

P.S.S.S. My official book launch party for “The Dirt Still Looks the Same” is happening soon, and planning for a virtual launch party is underway as well. If you want to be on the inside track for all the latest and be a part of all the special things in store, subscribing to my author email newsletter is really the best way to stay in the know.

A Quick Heads Up…What’s New, What’s News

Be sure to tune in to my radio spot tomorrow morning!

Melissa_Crockett_MeskeFor those of you who can pick up a radio signal transmitted from Alton, Illinois, be sure to tune your radio to AM 1570 or 94.3 FM tomorrow morning (Monday, May 23) at 10 a.m. CDT.

I’ll be on the air with “Let’s Talk” host Mark Ellebracht to talk about my new book. I’ll also be sharing a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT, so don’t miss it!

The next full issue of my mostly-monthly newsletter will be coming out mid-June. Click here to sign up, and make sure to visit back here as well to keep up with all the latest…launch party, signings, and more will be posted as they are finalized.

Until then, much love and light…

I’m on my way to Utah to visit with Trish…virtually that is…

trish-hopkinson-photo-2015Be watching for my guest blog post on Premier Provo Poet Trish Hopkinson’s website (https://trishhopkinson.com/category/guest-blog-post/). It should be up later tonight (Sunday, May 22).

You can read what I had to say about my topic for pondering, “Poetry: Why Even Bother?”

Trish is the co-founder of Rock Canyon Poets and had stopped by for a visit on my blog this past week; now I am returning the favor. Let me know what you think…

Goodreads Giveaway continues through the end of May…

cover_frontNow through the end of May, you have the chance to win one of five free copies of my first book, a poetry collective entitled “The Dirt Still Looks the Same.”

Lucky winners will also receive some other groovy swag and be signed up for my mostly-monthly newsletter if not already on my subscriber list.

Don’t miss your chance to enter and win…and after you’ve soaked up all the awesome poetry, let everyone know what you think about it all by posting a review on Amazon and Goodreads—please!

Reviews are most definitely welcome, and absolutely vital to an author’s continued development and success! Visit Goodreads to learn more…and to enter!

And for those of you who have already purchased a copy, THANK YOU…now please take a minute and post a review on Goodreads and on Amazon…your reviews will help me keep going!!!

Trish Hopkinson: Why I Write


Premier Provo Poet Trish Hopkinson, co-founder of Rock Canyon Poets, has stopped by for a visit. For those of you who know Trish, you won’t want to miss this. For those of you who don’t, be sure to keep reading to learn more about why Trish writes, and why she ever did.


Then watch for me to return the visit next Sunday, May 22 when I stop by Trish’s blog at trishhopkinson.com.  My topic, “Poetry: Why Even Bother?”

Why I Write by Trish Hopkinson

In response to Terry Tempest Williams essay by the same name.

There was a time in my life when I tried to fill in the blankness with other art forms—photography and scrapbooking, calligraphy and lettering, a little graphic design, or the simplest of artistic prospects, like creative chore charts for my children. My practical, perfectionist side took over and muted my words, my pen, my urge to write. There seemed no specific purpose in pouring out poetry while swallowing wine, or a cold brew late at night. Years past and my happiness subsided; I felt incomplete, lacking, and sullen. Nothing was filling in the blank. Then I heard about a local poetry event, a poetry slam at a bookstore. I went. I never looked back. I had to learn the hard way why I write.

I write because I am selfish— a selfish poet. I write so the words will soothe my head. I write so monologue can escape. I write to serve my mind its medicine, dribbling it out like moldy penicillin that I drink up when my throat goes dry. I write to create a vaccine for sadness and insanity, like heart heroine. I write, not to print or publish, but as a passion placeholder; not meant to impress, not meant to be permanent. I write to recycle memories, damaged and raw, unrefined cud of thought. I write to force it up and spit it out. I write to remember, to form a poetry blanket of brain insulation, a cushion from the cold. I write to extract the byproducts of being, biodegradable and organic, like the warmth of childhood grilled cheese and tomato soup. I write to indulge in crucial comfort food, to fatten up after a poetry fast.

I write for me. I write because there is something intensely ironic and humane about being human. I write to lift up the heaviness of tangibility, to keep my thoughts light and my breathing deep. I write for my children, to show them that being selfish has a place and makes you more accessible to those you love. I write to uncover sympathy and turn it over, to expose the soft belly of empathy, to peel away layers of hardness, and to be someone’s friend when they need me. I write to relieve the busy-ness behind my eyes, the thoughts that keep me awake when I should be sleepy, and the unsettled havoc of the work week.

I write from gray, from the edges of blackness and whiteness. I write to interpret the static, the noise, the many alternate voices. I write to establish a persona, to determine my roles and how each role alters others. I write to find the mother, wife, daughter, sister, student, friend, and poet wandering within. I write as a woman, as an aspiring artist, as an extension of myself. I write out of necessity, out of bursting urges. I write with determination and courage. I write bravely, when all else is quiet, shy, and scared. I write to share secrets and solve mysteries. I write for relief. I write to fill in the blankness.

Trish Hopkinson has published two chapbooks, “Emissions” and “Pieced Into Treetops” and have been published in several anthologies and journals, including The Found Poetry Review, Chagrin River Review, and Reconnaissance Magazine. She is a product director at a software company by profession and resides in Utah with her husband and two children. To learn more, visit trishhopkinson.com