Martha Cooley

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Martha Cooley


April 10, 2019

Martha Cooley


Martha Cooley is the author of two novels–The Archivist (Little Brown, 1998), a New York Times bestseller also published in a dozen foreign markets, and Thirty-Three Swoons (Little Brown, 2005), as well as a memoir-in-essays, Guesswork: A Reckoning With Loss (Catapult, 2017). A new novel will be forthcoming from Red Hen in 2021. 

With Antonio Romani, she co-translated Antonio Tabucci’s Time Ages in a Hurry (Archipelago Books, 2015). Her co-translations have appeared in such venues as Guernica, Tin House, Massachusetts Review, and Atlanta Review.

She is the winner of an O. Henry Prize for Short Fiction (2017) and was cited for a Notable essay in Best American Essays (2013). Her short fiction, essays, and co-translations have appeared in A Public Space, AGNI, The Common, LARB, the Writer’s Chronicle, and PEN America, among other journals. She was for 15 years a member of the core faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars in Bennington, Vermont.

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