T COOPER is the author of seven 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 recent four-part young adult novel series entitled Changers. (Changers Books 1-4 were published between 2014-2018) Cooper’s most recent solo book is the non-fiction Real Man Adventures (McSweeney’s). His television writing credits include: Netflix’s The Get Down and BBC America’s Copper, and he is currently Writer and Consulting Producer on The Blacklist (NBC).
Cooper’s first feature-length directorial debut is the documentary Man Made, which appeared at more than 75 film festivals worldwide, and won 14 Festival awards. The film was released in late 2019 by Journeyman Pictures. Cooper is also a professor of Creative Writing and English at Emory University.
T Cooper was born and raised in Los Angeles, attended Middlebury College, and taught high school in New Orleans before settling in New York City in the mid-1990s. 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, Harper’s, The Believer, Mother Jones, One Story, Bomb, The Guardian, Electric Literature, The Brooklyn Review, The Portland Review, O: The Oprah Magazine, Poets & Writers, 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 was also a fellow and recipient of a grant from the Sundance Documentary Film Program (for Man Made).
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 and South By Southwest. Cooper has also written for radio.
Cooper enjoys vintage airplanes, M*A*S*H, the great outdoors, espresso, world peace, and anything to do with pit bull rescue and advocacy. He lives with his wife and children in Atlanta and New York City, (where they also run a little outfit called Holler Beach Productions).