Martha Cooley

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Martha Cooley


October 10, 2017

Martha Cooley


Martha Cooley lives in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, with her husband, Antonio Romani, and their cat, Zora, named after one of the cities in Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. She was for 15 years a member of the core faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars in Bennington, Vermont. She has also taught in the M.A. programs in creative writing at Boston University and Manhattanville College.

Her books include The Archivist (Little Brown, 1998), which was a New York Times bestseller; Thirty-Three Swoons (Little Brown, 2005); and, most recently, Guesswork: A Reckoning With Loss (Catapult, 2017). With Antonio Romani, she has translated Antonio Tabucci’s Time Ages in a Hurry (Archipelago Books, 2015).

She is the winner of an O. Henry Prize for Short Fiction (2017) and was cited for a Notable essay in Best American Essays (2013) and for a Distinguished Story in Best American Short Stories (2012).

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