A native of the Midwest, and a graduate of Shimer College, the University of Chicago and the Writers’ Workshop at University of Iowa, where he received his Ph.D., Peter Cooley has lived over half his life in New Orleans; he was professor of English and director of Creative Writing at Tulane University from 1975-2018. He has published 10 books of poetry, nine of them with Carnegie Mellon. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Republic and in over 100 anthologies. His eleventh book of poetry The One Certain Thing will appear in 2021.
Cooley is the recipient of an ATLAS grant from the state of Louisiana and of the Marble Faun Poetry Award from the Faulkner Society in New Orleans. He is the poetry editor of Christianity and Literature, Professor Emeritus at Tulane University and a former Louisiana Poet Laureate.