Desiree Cooper

Writers Retreat and Practicum Faculty, Interlochen College of Creative Arts

Desiree Cooper is a former attorney, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and Detroit community activist. Her collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother (Wayne State University Press, 2016), dives unflinchingly into the intersection of racism and sexism through intimate storytelling. A 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, Cooper’s fiction and poetry have appeared in Callaloo, Detroit Noir, Best African American Fiction 2010 and Tidal Basin Review, among other online and print publications. Cooper was a founding board member of Cave Canem, a national residency for emerging black poets. She is currently a Kimbilio Fellow, a national residency for African American fiction writers, and a member of the Board of Visitors for Wayne State University Press. 

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