Award-Winning Author to Present Craft Lecture, Reading at UM

November 06, 2014

Bernard Cooper

MISSOULA Award-winning author Bernard Cooper will visit the University of Montana to present a craft lecture and nonfiction reading Friday, Nov. 21. The lecture will be held from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in McGill Hall Room 210 and the reading will begin at 7 p.m. in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall.

Cooper has written two memoirs, “Maps to Anywhere” and “Truth Serum,” as well as a novel, “Year of Rhymes,” and a collection of short stories, “Guess Again.” His work has appeared in Story, Ploughshares, Harper’s, The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine, five volumes of The Best American Essays, and has been read on NPR’s “This American Life” and “Selected Shorts.” 

He has won numerous awards and prizes, among them the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award, an O. Henry Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Cooper is a core faculty member in the Masters of Fine Arts program at Bennington College and teaches in the Masters of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California. He currently is completing a collection of essays titled “My Avant Garde Education,” which is expected to be published in 2015. 

Both events are free and open to the public. Cooper’s visit is sponsored by the UM Creative Writing Program and the President’s Writers-in-Residence Series.

For more information visit the UM Creative Writing Program website at, call Program Coordinator Karin Schalm at 406-243-5267 or email


Contact: Karin Schalm, UM Creative Writing Program coordinator, 406-243-5267,