Bernard Cooper 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 The Best American Essays of 1988, 1995, and 1997, 2002, and 2008. His work has also appeared in magazines and literary reviews including, Granta, Harper’s Magazine, The Paris Review, Story, 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 as the art critic for Los Angeles Magazine.
Mr. Cooper taught Creative Non-Fiction at Bennington College, and held the Mary Routee Distinguished Writer Chair at Scripps College.
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 exhibit and in the Printed Matter show at MOCA.  An exhibition of his work was shown in February 2015 at The Miami Dade College Museum of Art and Design.  Cooper’s most recent exhibition with sculptor Lloyd Hamrol opens March 22nd from 5;00-9-30, and runs through June at Thomas Paul Fine Art in West Hollywood:
“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