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J.L. Cooper

Readings and Media

J.L. Coopers full-length poetry collection is now available:

An Ocean Large Enough
Imprint: David Robert Books
WordTech Communications LLC, 2017
Available on Amazon

Recent Readings

Sacramento Stories on Stage, The Sages of West 47th Street (link to YouTube). Featuring Joshua Mohr and J.L. Cooper. Read by actor Eric Baldwin.
August 25, 2017

Featured poet on KDVS Radio, 90.3 FM
Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour
August 2, 2017

An Ocean Large Enough  Book Launch Event, Sacramento Poetry Center, Sacramento, CA. 7:30 P.M. Also featuring poet Susan Flynn.
June 12, 2017

Third Street Writers: Laguna Beach, California. Book launch, featuring authors of anthology: Beach Reads: Here Comes the Sun
May 11, 2017

Path of the Ground Birds
Sacramento Stories on Stage, featuring Vendela Vida and J.L. Cooper. Read by actor Matthew Rives.
March 25, 2017

KGB Bar: Excerpt from Wooden Swivel Chairs
Second Place Nonfiction, Literal Latte Authors
NYC, November 2014

Media

UPCOMING: Authors on the Move
Featured Poet, Sacramento Library Foundation
An Ocean Large Enough
March 10, 2018

Front Page Article: Carmichael Times
Newspaper story and photos: Susan Skinner
“Psychologist Finds Therapy on Paper”
August 11, 2017

Recent Publications

The Four Corners of the World
Sisyphus, Winter 2017/18

A Son in Tennessee
District Lit, November 2017

“Foggy Day at Heisler Park”
Here Comes the Sun: Beach Reads
Third Street Writers, Laguna Beach, 2017

The Couple That May Still Live on Maple Street
Structo, Issue 16, 2016 (U.K.)

The Annunciation of Charles Nightcloud
Gold Man Review
, Issue 5, 2016

Intention and Resistance in Writing
Craft Talk Blog: The Tishman Review, July, 2016

Interitance
Hippocampus Magazine, April, 2016

Advice
Folia Literary Magazine
, 2016

Willing Branches
Getting Old:
an anthology
KY Story, 2015

In Case of Rapture
Kentucky Review
, 2015 (Links to YouTube reading)

High Noon with Pink Carnations
Tic Toc: an anthology,
Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2014

Reader’s Write (Boxes)
The Sun, 2012, Issue 433

Awards and Recognition

Awards

The Sages of West 47th Street
StoryQuarterly, 2016 First Runner-up for Nonfiction Prize. Judge: Meghan Daum

Path of the Ground Birds
Tupelo Quarterly
 Prose Open Prize, 2016
Judge: Adam Johnson

“The story ‘Path of the Ground Birds’ quietly meditates upon the efficacy of intervening in the dark course of human events,” writes Adam Johnson, our prose judge. “Here, notes of hope, futility and yearnings deferred echo like the songs of endangered warblers as a surgeon and his naturalist wife ponder whether their best efforts at improving the world are good enough.”


A Summoning of Gifts to Wet Ankles
First Place Short Short Fiction
New Millennium Writings, 2013

“Your series of vignettes and lyrical language capture truths as universal as our urge to return to the sea.” — Alexis Williams Carr, Editor and Publisher, New Millennium Writings


Wood Swivel Chairs
Second Place Essay
Literal Latte, 2014

“Your writing speaks directly and eloquently to the mystery of the various approaches we humans take to tell our stories, each of us working in our own way as best we can with tools ‘as dull as the edge of night’ to discover for ourselves what Robert Boswell calls ‘the half – known world.'” — Laura Geringer (Author of Sign of the Qin)

Recognitions


Precipice
Short-Listed in Stories That Need to Be Told, 2017 (non-fiction)
Tulip Tree Publishing, LLC.


Euology With Paper Lamps
Finalist: 2017 Joy Harjo Poetry Contest
Cutthroat (to be published Spring 2018)


Hands Across a Hickory Table: A Chapbook (seeking publication)
Finalist: 2017 Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest
The Comstock Review


The Hands of Maria Ortega: Finalist in Fiction: Tahoma Literary Review, 2016


A Late Addendum
Finalist, The Iowa Review, 2015


Path of the Ground Birds
Honorable Mention: Glimmer Train
December 2014, Fiction Open


Strangers on a Cliff
Honorable Mention: The Able Muse Write Prize, 2015
Judge: Eugenia Kim

“The language and tone of this story is captivating, and is often as breathtaking as are the vivid descriptions of this setting. The writing risks shifting points of view, and elevates a travelers encounter from the expected to something significant by exposing between the two how much we assume when so little could possibly be known.” — Eugenia Kim (Author of The Calligrapher’s Daughter)

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