Bernard Cooper

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Bernard Cooper is an American novelist and short story writer. He was born on October 3, 1951 in Hollywood, California. His writing is in part autobiographical and influenced by his own experiences as a gay man. Bernard Cooper's fiction and essays have received several awards. He has both his BFA and MFA in art from California Institute of the Arts.

Cooper has taught at the California Institute of the Arts and Bennington College, and in 2014 he served as the prestigious Bedell Distinguished Visiting Professor[1] at the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program.


  • (1990) Maps to Anywhere
  • (1991) A Clack of Tiny Sparks: Remembrances of a Gay Boyhood
  • (1993) A Year of Rhymes
  • (1996) Truth Serum
  • (2000) Guess Again
  • (2006) The Bill From My Father: A Memoir


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