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BESS COOLEY is a poet who was raised close to Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she grew up taking long road trips over flat horizons. She earned a BA from Knox College and MFA from Purdue University, where she was managing editor of Sycamore Review. She's also made brief homes in Minnesota and Scotland, and currently lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.


Cooley won the 2017 Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, and her work has also appeared or in American Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Western Humanities Review, The Journal, Verse Daily, and PRISM, among other journals. Her book reviews can be found online at Kenyon Review, Southern Humanities Review, Electric Literature, and Sycamore Review. She teaches at the University of Tennessee, where she is also managing editor of online content for Grist, an editorial reader at Spry, and co-founding editor of Peatsmoke.

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Photo credit: Sarah McEneany
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