Tom Meschery, Clear Path

Poet Tom Meschery returns to share his new collection, Clear Path, on Saturday, October 29th at 2:00pm.

Meschery’s new full-length collection of poems adds to his poetic legacy as he looks back on a remarkable life. Still active in his eighties, Meschery has worked as a poet, a novelist, a teacher, a bookstore owner, an NBA All-Star, and an international basketball coach. The poems in Clear Path bring his stories alive. Joseph Stroud calls his poems “smart and curious,” and marvels at how Meschery’s poems “bring our spirits close together, sharing what it is to live an authentic life.” When you’ve got a clear path to the basket, you’re going to score. The poems in this book score again and again.

Tom Meschery was raised in San Francisco, the son of Russian Immigrant parents who fled the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.  After the Second World War, Tom, his mother and sister, immigrated to the United States.  He graduated from Lowell High School in San Francisco and earned a BA degree in 1961 from Saint Mary’s College of California where he was named to the All-American team in basketball.

Following a ten year career in the National Basketball Association, six years with the Golden State Warriors and four years with the Seattle Sonics, he earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree  from the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop. Tom taught English at Reno High School for 23 years, while teaching evening classes at Sierra Community College in Truckee, CA.

He has published five collections of poetry: Over the Rim; Nothing You Lose Can Be Replaced; Some Men; Sweat; and Clear Path, just released. His first mystery series, the Brovelli Brothers Mysteries: The Case of the ’61 Chevy Impala, is available in bookstores.           

Tom’s memoir, The Mad Manchurian, is soon to be released.  Meschery has been inducted into both the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame and the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. His jersey, number 14, was retired by the Golden State Warriors, and hangs in the rafters of Chase Center Arena in San Francisco.  He lives joyfully with his wife, artist and photographer, Melanie Marchant Meschery in Sacramento, California. Meschery remains a devoted fan of the NBA and tries not to miss any Warriors games. Go Dubs!  

Event date: 
Saturday, October 29, 2022 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
121 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509