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David Cope

Author's Bio

b. 1948 Detroit, raised on Thornapple River. Six books: Quiet Lives, foreword by Allen Ginsberg, 1983; On The Bridge, 1986; Fragments from The Stars, 1990; Coming Home, 1993; Silences for Love, 1998; Turn the Wheel, 2003. Seventh book, Moonlight Rose in Blue: Selected Poems forthcoming. 1988 Award in Literature, American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters. Editor & publisher, Big Scream poetry magazine, 1974-present, Nada Poems, 1988, and Sunflowers and Locomotives: Songs for Allen, elegies for Allen Ginsberg, 1998. Co-editor of Demotic Fire: the postbeat poets, still unpublished. Teaches Women’s Studies, Shakespeare, drama, and creative writing at Grand Rapids Community College. Archive, David Cope papers, at U of Michigan Special Collections Library. Married 38 years to Suzanne, 3 grown kids, kayaker and gardener.

Publications and Prizes

Song of the Owashtanong: Grand Rapids Poetry in the 21st Century (Ridgeway Press, 2013), Turn the Wheel (Humana Press, 2003), Silences for Love (Humana Press, 1997), Coming Home (Humana Press, 1993), Fragments from the Stars (Humana Press, 1990), On the Bridge (Humana Press, 1986), Quiet Lives (Humana Press, 1983)
Masks of Six Decades (Nada Press, 2010)
Heaven Bone, Lame Duck, Napalm Health Spa Report, Rattapallax, Sierra
2011-2014 Grand Rapids Poet Laureate. 1988 literature award, American Academy/Institute of Arts & Letters. 1977 Pushcart Prize (II).

David Cope Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
French Feminism Reader by Ed. Kelly Oliver, The Poems of Exile: Tristia and the Black Sea Letters by Ovid. Trans. Peter Green, Burying the Typewriter by Carmen Bugan, Stanzas in Meditation: The Corrected Edition by Gertrude Stein, Culture of One by Alice Notley
Favorite Books:
Too many to count.
Favorite Authors:
Shakespeare, Dante, Chaucer, William Carlos Williams, Walt Whitman,Charles Reznikoff, Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein, too many others to count.

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Listing last updated: November 17, 2012

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