Carolyn Cooke (MFA, Columbia University, BA, Smith College) is the author of two collections of short fiction and a novel. Her most recent book, Amor and Psycho, was named one of the ten best books of 2013 by Publishers Weekly. Her novel, Daughters of the Revolution, was named one of the ten best books of 2011 by The San Francisco Chronicle and one of the Reviewers' Favorite novels of that year by The New Yorker Magazine. Her debut collection of fiction, The Bostons (Houghton Mifflin), was a winner of the 2002-2004 PEN/ Bingham Award, a finalist for the PEN/L.L. Winship Award, a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.
Her fiction has appeared in AGNI, Gargoyle, The Gettysburg Review, The Idaho Review, Mission at Tenth Inter-Arts Journal, New England Review, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, StoryQuarterly and in two volumes each of Best American Short Stories and The PEN/ O. Henry Prize Stories. Her nonfiction and reviews have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, Contemporary Literary Criticism and The Nation. A recipient of fellowships from Bread Loaf, the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the Djerassi Foundation, Macdowell, Ucross Foundation, Virginia Studio Center and the Corporation of Yaddo, she teaches at the MFA Program in Interdisciplinary Arts and Writing at CIIS.
Professor for Interdisciplinary Arts and Writing
The MFA Programs are part of the School of Consciousness and Transformation.
MFA office: 551
Teaching Interests: Contemporary fiction, nonfiction and hybrid works; MFA project advising on book-length projects
- KQED's "Forum" with Michael Krasny, San Francisco, California, September 24, 2013
- Interview with Publishers Weekly for Amor and Psycho, July 2013
- Named one of San Francisco Chronicle's 100 recommended books of 2013
- Shortlisted for The Story Prize 2014
- The Rumpus Interview With Carolyn Cooke - The Rumpus.net
- New Yorker Reviewers' Favorites from 2011 ("A Year in Reading,") December 19, 2011
- San Francisco Chronicle "Top Ten Books of 2011" December 23, 2011
- Short List, Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize for the best debut novel of 2011
- For Amor and Psycho:
- For Daughters of the Revolution:
http://www.sfgate.com/books/article/Daughters-of-the-Revolution-by-Carolyn-Cooke-2369281.php (front page review)
- For The Bostons: