T COOPER is the author of six novels, including the best-selling The Beaufort Diaries and Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes, as well as co-author (with Allison Glock-Cooper) of the new, four-part young adult novel series entitled Changers (Changers Book One was published in 2014; Changers Book Two was released in 2015; Book Three was just published in late 2016). Cooper has also edited an anthology of original stories entitled A Fictional History of the United States With Huge Chunks Missing, and his most recent solo book is the non-fiction Real Man Adventures (McSweeney’s). He has also written for television (including Netflix’s The Get Down and BBC America’s Copper), as well as radio. Cooper is currently at work on his first feature length documentary, entitled Man Made.
T Cooper was born and raised in Los Angeles, attended Middlebury College, 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, Cooper’s work has appeared in a variety of publications and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, Esquire, The Believer, One Story, Bomb, The Guardian, Electric Literature, The Brooklyn Review, The Portland Review, O: The Oprah Magazine, Poets & Writers, Document, and many others. His short story “Swimming” (The New Yorker), was one of “100 Distinguished Stories” in The Best American Short Stories 2008 (ed. Salman Rushdie).
Cooper has been awarded residencies to The MacDowell Colony, Ledig House International, and The Millay Colony (where he was The New York Times Foundation Fellow). He has been a visiting professor of Creative Writing at Middlebury College and Emory University.
Cooper also adapted and produced a short film based on his graphic novel The Beaufort Diaries. The animated short, 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.
Cooper enjoys vintage airplanes, M*A*S*H, the great outdoors, espresso, world peace, and anything to do with pit bull advocacy. He lives with his wife and children in Atlanta and New York City.