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Jane Marvel Cooper, American poet. Grantee National Endowment for Arts, 1981-1982, Ingram Merrill Found, 1971-1972; Guggenheim Foundation fellow, 1960-1961, Bunting Institute, 1988-1989; recipient award in literature American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1995; named State Poet of New York, 1996-1997. Member Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, Poets House, Poetry Society of America (Shelley award 1978).


Cooper was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, spent her early childhood in Jacksonville, Florida, and then moved with her family to Princeton in the mid-1930s.


She attended Vassar College from 1942 to 1944, and earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1946. At the University of Iowa, where she studied with Robert Lowell, and John Berryman in the Iowa Writers' hop.


In 1953–54 Cooper took a year off to get an M.A. Cooper joined the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College, in 1950, and remained as a teacher and poet in residence until her retirement in 1987. She held the post of New York State Poet from 1995 to 1997. She died on October 26, 2007, of complications due to Parkinson's Disease.

Of Jane Cooper, Denise Duhamel, American Poetry Review, May 12, 2008of Jane Cooper part 2, Denise Duhamel, American Poetry Review, May 14, 2008Scaffolding, Grace Paley:This is a beautiful and stubborn book of poems. The poems say only what they mean. They have about them a great deep patience for the whole truth, a waiting in quietness for tremor and explosion.

The Flashboat, The New Yorker:Cooper handles with equal assurance public statement and private reflectionMark Doty:To perform the alchemical work of translating a human presence into paper and ink: that is the dream of the book, a dream fulfilled her, in this beautifully assembled life's work. Jane Cooper has been engaged in a long patient act of making a consideration of self-in-the-world vigorous, humble, and fierce all at once.


  • Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and LettersMaurice English Poetry Award (1985)Shelley Memorial Award (1977)Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College - FellowshipGuggenheim Fellowship - (1960)Ingram Merrill AwardNational Endowment for the Arts - FellowshipLamont Poetry Prize (1968) for The Weather of Six Mornings.



Member Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, Poets House (advisory board since 1992), Poetry Society American (Shelley award 1978).


John Cobb Cooper

Martha (Marvel) Cooper