Professor of English



Full Professor of English. B.A., English, Colgate University; M.A., Creative Writing, University of Colorado; Ph.D., English, Ohio University.

Professor Cooperman teaches poetry writing workshops, ecopoetics, and literature courses, focusing on the literature of the intermountain west, Black Mountain poetics,  the poetry of witness, and the postmodern novel.

He is the author of six poetry collections: NOS (disorder, not otherwise specified), w/Aby Kaupang (Futurepoem, 2018); Spool, winner of the New Measure Prize (Free Verse Editons/Parlor Press, 2015), Imago for the Fallen World, w/image by Marius Lehene (Jaded Ibis Press, 2013), Still: Of the Earth as the Ark which Does Not Move (Counterpath, 2011), DaZE (Salt Publishing Ltd, 2006), and A Sacrificial Zinc (2001), winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize. Six chapbooks exist as well: A Little History of the Panorama (Ursus Americanus 2020), S H O S H    N E    N S (Grama/Plantable Press, 2019), Still: (to be) Perpetual (dove|tail, 2007), Words about James (Phylum Press, 2005), and Surge, winner of the Wick Prize (Kent State University, 1998). Recent poetry and criticism have appeared in Jacket, New American Writing, Boston Review, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, Lana Turner, VOLT, Free Verse, Denver Quarterly, and Gutcult, among others. A founding editor of the exploratory prose journal Quarter After Eight, he is a co-poetry editor at Colorado Review. With his wife, the poet Aby Kaupang, he curates the EveryEye reading series.


  • E630: Ecopoetics: Writing in the Immersive Field

  • E:630: The Poetry of Witness

  • E420: Beat Generation Literature

  • E433: The Literature of the West

  • E403: Writing the Environment