Carolyn Cooke holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Smith College. Her fiction and nonfiction confront class, economics, gender, sexuality, and race in America, and her thinking about literature and pedagogy has been influenced by bell hooks, Paulo Freire, poststructuralist discourse, and relationships between spiritual life, material conditions, and social consciousness. Her novel, "Daughters of the Revolution," was listed among the best novels of 2011 by the San Francisco Chronicle and The New Yorker Magazine. Her short fiction, collected in "The Bostons," won the PEN/Bingham award, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway, and has appeared in AGNI, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and two volumes each of Best American Short Stories and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. A new collection, "Amor & Psycho," is forthcoming from Knopf in August 2013.
Her nonfiction reviews have appeared in The Nation and Contemporary Literary Criticism, and she is a regular book reviewer for The San Francisco Chronicle. She has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the Djerassi Foundation, Ucross, and the Corporation of Yaddo.
Carolyn has written short pieces for the Institute's Integral Education blog, including: