A Salon with Carolyn Cooke

Presenter at Saturday Night@CIIS

Carolyn Cooke’s 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 short story collection, The Bostons (Houghton Mifflin), won the PEN/Bingham award, was a finalist for the PEN/LL Winship Award and a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway.

Carolyn's work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, Agni, The Gettysburg Review, The Paris Review, Ploughshares and other national magazines. Her nonfiction reviews have appeared in The Nation and Contemporary Literary Criticism.

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. She holds a BA from Smith College and an MFA from Columbia University.

From 2006 to 2008, Carolyn served as co-director of the MFA Writing Program at New College of California. Carolyn’s short story "Aesthetic Discipline" is included in the Harper Collins online project "Fifty-Two Stories."

Carolyn hosts a salon at Saturday Night@CIIS on November 14.