Peter Cooley is Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing program at Tulane University. He is the author of ten full-length collections, eight through Carnegie Mellon University Press, most recently in 2014, and three chapbooks. His individual poems have appeared in over seven hundred magazines, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, and in over one hundred anthologies. A little more than a year ago, The New Yorker editors featured print and recorded versions of Cooley’s poetry. His writing has been supported and honored through numerous grants, prizes and fellowships, including an ATLA grant from the state of Louisiana in 2011-12. A longtime and active member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, he serves the community through faith-based as well as secular service.
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