Nicole Cooley



Nicole Cooley grew up in New Orleans and is the author of seven books, most recently the poetry collections Of Marriage and Girl after Girl after Girl. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in The Paris Review, The Atlantic, and The Boston Review, among other magazines. She is the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College-The City University of New York.





9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Capitol Park Welcome Center, Glass Room
Risk and Revision in Poetry

10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Of Marriage

Cooley’s poems are sharp in all the places it can hurt and soft in ways that comfort an aching soul. Layers of joy, pain, bliss, frustration―no emotion is off limits as these sensual yet valiant poems dig their heels and hold on for dear life as winds of uncertainty threaten to overcome.


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