David Cope

Grandville, MI 49418

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 Co-editor of Demotic Fire: the postbeat poets, still unpublished.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

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

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

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Grand Rapids, MI
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Last updated: Nov 17, 2012