T Cooper Joins Emory Faculty

Staff Writer: Carla-Joan Carmona
2 Oct. 2018

Emory is always excited to welcome new faculty members in the fall semester. This semester, the English Department & Creative Writing Program are pleased to welcome Professor T Cooper as one of their newest professors.

Professor Cooper was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He earned his B.A. in English and Creative Writing, with minors in Psychology and Art History at Middlebury College in Vermont. After graduating from Middlebury, he taught high school English and writing in New Orleans until he decided to move to New York and work in magazine publishing. There, he worked for publications such as TIME for KIDS, Teen People, and Parenting. Later, he earned his MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia University. While he was in New York, his focus shifted from nonfiction to fiction writing, and Cooper found himself drawn to historical fiction and stories about identity. Since graduating from Columbia, he has been working as a writer and artist in New York. His creative talents have led him to publish nine books, including novels, short stories, and a book of nonfiction. He has also written for television shows (including The Get Down for Netflix), as well as a good amount of journalism.

Professor Cooper is also a film director. His most recent work is a documentary entitled Man Made, which he directed, produced, and co-wrote. The film is a look into several stories of transgender individuals’s lives, specifically transgender men, who share their journeys training as bodybuilders before the camera. Man Made is currently traveling the film festival circuit and will be screened at Emory’s Oxford campus on October 17th.

Now that he is at Emory, Professor Cooper teaches workshops in fiction through the Creative Writing Program. “I really believe in the collective process of the workshop. I love taking part in it,” he said. “The best aspect of it is getting to see people’s ‘lightbulb moments,’ and taking their work to better places. That’s very exciting to see.” He also plans to teach an introductory course on television writing next year.

Professor Cooper is excited about the intellectual curiosity and generosity of spirit at Emory. He also believes that Atlanta is exploding culturally - which inevitably attracts creative folks such as himself. He hopes that students are able to draw from the creative experiences Atlanta offers them.

The English Department & Creative Writing Program are more than delighted to have Professor Cooper on board! Without a doubt, this will be a productive and creative year for both him and his students.