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educator , writer , poet

Nicole Ruth Cooley is an American writer, educator, and poet. Her most recent poetry collection is "Breach".


Nicole Ruth Cooley was born on October 1, 1966 in Iowa City, Iowa, United States. Daughter of Peter John and Jacqueline (Marks) Cooley. Nicole grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana.


She graduated from Brown University in 1988 with a B.A. degree and from The Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1990 with a Master of Fine Arts degree. In 1996 she got her Ph.D. from Emory University.


Cooley worked as a teaching assistant at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, between 1991 and 1994, and was an instructor in English from 1992-1995. She also worked as an assistant professor at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania from 1997 till 1999. Nicole has taught at Bucknell University. She is currently a professor at Queens College, City University of New York, where she directs the M.F.A. program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation.


  • Cooley got Elias Lieberman Award from Poetry Society of America in 1984 for best poem by a high school student. Cooley also received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets for her first book "Resurrection" in 1995. Her awards also include a Discovery/The Nation Award (1994), National Endowment for Arts grantee for fiction (1996), a Creative Artists fellowship from The American Antiquarian Society, and the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America (2006).


Cooley is an adherent of Democratic Party.


Nicole Cooley is a member of Modern Language Association.


Nicole married Alexander Laban Hinton on January 9, 1994. They have a child Meridian Iris.

Peter John Cooley - professor , poet

Jacqueline (Marks) Cooley - homemaker

Meridian Iris

Alexander Laban Hinton - Anthropologist