Nicole Cooley

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Director, MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation  
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Curriculum vitae
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Nicole Cooley’s most recent books are two poetry collections, Girl after Girl after Girl (Louisiana State University Press, winner of the Devil’s Kitchen Award, 2017) and Of Marriage (Alice James Books, 2018). She has published four other collections of poems, Breach, Milk Dress, The Afflicted Girls and Resurrection, as well as a novel, Judy Garland, Ginger Love, a chapbook, Frozen Charlottes, A Sequence, and a collaborative artists’ book (with book artist Maureen Cummins), Salem Lessons.

Her awards include The Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, a Discovery/The Nation Award, an NEA, a Creative Artists fellowship from The American Antiquarian Society, and the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America.

Her scholarly work includes serving as co-editor “Mother” issue of the journal Women’s Studies Quarterly as well as publishing essays in At Length, Pilot Light: A Journal of 21st Century Poetics, American Poet, Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, The American Poetry Review, Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition and Culture as well as in the edited collections Devouring Institutions: The Life Work of Kathy Acker and We Who Love to Be Astonished: Innovative Women Writers and Performance Artists.

Her non-fiction essays have recently appeared in The Paris Review Daily, Entropy, The Southern Review, The Rumpus, The Feminist Wire, and The Atlantic. She is currently completing a non-fiction book project, My Dollhouse, Myself: Miniature Histories.

Research and Teaching Interests

Contemporary US poetry; documentary poetics; women’s poetry and feminist discourses; short texts and theories of ephemera.

Recent Courses Taught

English 753: Poetry Workshop on Documentary Poetics
English 753: Poetry Workshop on Sequence, Series, Cycle
English 781: Sylvia Plath and Her Literary and Cultural Afterlife: Reading Plath With and Against Contemporary Poets
English 391: Senior Seminar on Tiny Texts
English 304: Undergraduate Poetry Workshop

Selected Publications

Girl after Girl after Girl


Frozen Charlottes, A Sequence, winner of a chapbook award from Essay Press, a free, digital chapbook available for reading and download

“Whipped Carnation Rainbow Candy” and “Vintage 1969 Mattel Baby Tender Love Doll,” The New Orleans Review

Of Shock,” The Academy of American Poets, Poem-A-Day, January 19, 2016

Excerpt from My Dollhouse, Myself: Miniature Histories, The Rumpus

Dollhouses Weren’t Invented for Play,” The Atlantic