Desiree Cooper

Desiree Cooper is a 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, former attorney, and Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist who writes extensively about racial and gender equality. Her debut collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother, won numerous awards, including 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award. Cooper’s fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in The Best Small Fictions 2018CallalooMichigan Quarterly ReviewThe Rumpus, and River Teeth, among other publications. Her essay “We Have Lost Too Many Wigs” was listed as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2019. Her first children’s book, Nothing Special, is forthcoming from Wayne State University Press in 2022. After spending her thirty-year career in Detroit, she now lives in the Virginia Beach area, where she cares for her mother and three grandchildren.


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