James-Cooper-greyHello friends. Some sad news: following a long illness, J.L (James) Cooper passed away on October 9. You can read his obituary here.

Since his diagnosis of cancer in 2013, Dr. Cooper wrote two books of poetry, two books of short stories, and one novella. He lived to see three of the books published: An Ocean Large Enough (poetry, David Robert Books, 2017), The Sages of West 47th Street and Other Tales of Becoming (short stories, Five Warblers Press, 2018), and A Perfect Stillness: Conversations from the Unconscious (short stories, Five Warblers Press, 2018). He was involved with final revisions to the other two books at the time of his passing. Those two books were just published over the last two weeks: Driving at Night in October (poetry chapbook, Five Warblers Press, 2018) and Spell of the Pelicans (novella, Five Warblers Press, 2018).

A Celebration of Life will be held for Dr. Cooper on Sunday, November 11 at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael, CA.