Award-Winning Author to Read Prose at UM

November 24, 2015

Bernard Cooper. Photo by Jonathan Cowan.MISSOULA – An award-winning author who has taught writing at UCLA, Bennington College and the University of Iowa will read prose at the University of Montana on Friday, Dec. 4.

Bernard Cooper, UM’s Visiting Kittredge Writer, will present his reading at 7 p.m. in the Turner Hall Dell Brown Room. The event is free and open to the public.

“Bernard brings visual art and intersections of the avant-garde into the everyday workshop,” said UM student Arianna Ascercion, who is working toward a Master of Fine Arts in fiction. “He’s really engaged and wants to get to know each of his students.”

Cooper has written a novel, four memoirs and a collection of short stories. 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.

To learn more about UM’s Creative Writing Program and Cooper’s presentation, call Karin Schalm, program coordinator, at 406-243-5267, email or visit http://

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