Bernard Cooper is the author of six books. He is the recipient of the 1991 PEN/USA Ernest Hemingway Award, a 1995 O. Henry Prize, a 1999 Guggenheim grant, and a 2004 National Endowment of the Arts fellowship in literature. His work has appeared in several anthologies, including five annual volumes of The Best American Essays, as well as in magazines and literary reviews including, Granta, Harper’s Magazine, The Paris Review, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine. He has contributed to National Public Radio’s “This American Life” and for six years wrote monthly features on art for Los Angeles Magazine.

Mr. Cooper has taught Creative Non-Fiction at Bennington College, USC, and UCLA. Cooper held the Mary Route Distinguished Writer Chair at Scripps College and in 2015 was the Visiting Writer in Nonfiction at The University of Iowa’s writing program.

Cooper returned to making visual art during the years he wrote “My Avant-Garde Education.”  His work has appeared in the Emerging Artists section of the 2013 Photo LA.  An exhibition of his work was shown in February 2015 at The Miami Dade College Museum of Art and Design, as well as in a two-person show with sculptor Lloyd Hamrol in 2016.

Unnatural Histories, an exhibit of work by Patrick Nickel and Bernard Cooper, opens on March 21, 2020 at WUHO (Woodbury University, Hollywood) 6518 Hollywood Blvd., 90028.  This show has been postponed.  See you in the Fall.  Be safe, my friends!

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“Funny but not jokey, moral but not preachy, Bernard Cooper’s stories reflect a great sense of humor and a bottomless reserve of humanity”
David Sedaris
“Reading Cooper is like reading Chekhov, he’s really that good.”
Tony Kushner