T COOPER is the author of four novels, including the bestselling The Beaufort Diaries and Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes, as well as a brand-new Young Adult series entitled Changers. Cooper edited an anthology of original stories entitled A Fictional History of the United States With Huge Chunks Missing, and he is the author of the non-fiction Real Man Adventures (recently released in paperback from McSweeney’s Books). He has also written for television, and is the co-founder of a new Empathy Project: WeAreChangers.org.
T Cooper was born and raised in Los Angeles, attended Middlebury College in Vermont, and then taught high school in New Orleans before settling in New York City in 1996. He earned an MFA from Columbia University, and in addition to his books, T’s work has appeared in a variety of publications and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Believer, CNN.com, One Story, Bomb, Electric Literature, The Brooklyn Review, The Portland Review, Document, and others. His short story “Swimming” was one of “100 Distinguished Stories” in The Best American Short Stories 2008 (ed. Salman Rushdie).
T has been awarded residencies to The MacDowell Colony, Ledig House International, and The Millay Colony (where he was The New York Times Foundation Fellow). Most recently, he was a visiting faculty member at Middlebury College, and has been invited to speak and/or read at scores of colleges and universities both in the U.S. and abroad.
Cooper has also adapted and produced a short film based on his graphic novel The Beaufort Diaries. The animated short, directed by the book’s illustrator Alex Petrowsky and starring actor David Duchovny, was an official selection at several film festivals, including Tribeca Film Festival, South By Southwest, The New Orleans Film Fest, The Worldwide Short Film Festival, and the Anchorage International Film Festival.
T enjoys vintage airplanes, M*A*S*H, the great outdoors, world peace, buckwheat pancakes (pictured above), and anything to do with pit bull advocacy. He lives with his wife and kids in New York and the South.