Deborah Cooper has been writing poetry for over twenty years and has worked collaboratively with visual artists, musicians and dancers. Her poems have been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies. She and her husband Joel, a printmaker, have exhibited their collaborative images throughout the Midwest.
Deborah has used poetry extensively in her work as a Hospice Chaplain and teaches writing classes for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. She also conducts workshops on the interfacing of poetry and spirituality and she has been a Study Group Facilitator for the Sacred Poetry series through the Inter-Religious Forum.
In 2001 her collection of poems Between the Branches won the Power of Poetry Chapbook Competition sponsored by the journal Ruah. The following year a second collection, Redirection of the Heart, was the winner of the New Song Press Chapbook Contest. A third chapbook, the gods of wild things, was also published in 2002 by Poetry Harbor of Duluth.
In 2003 her poem One Bead at a Time received Dust & Fire’s Diane Glancey Poetry Award. Caylx Press of Duluth released the anthology The Moon Rolls Out Of Our Mouths in 2005, written by Deborah and the four other members of her writing group.
Deborah’s chapbook, Between the Ceiling and the Moon, was published by Finishing Line Press as part of their New Women’s Voices Series. The book received the Honorable Mention Award in Poetry at the 2008 Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards.
Deborah served for six years on the Board of Lake Superior Writers, two years as Co-Chair. She has taught poetry classes at the St. Louis County Jail for the past four years and co-hosts a reading there every spring, featuring local poets. She has conducted writing workshops in a variety of settings, including hospitals, Northwood Children’s Home and the Family Justice Center.
Deborah is Co-Editor of the anthology Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude which was published in May of 2009 by Holy Cow Press. Her most recent collection, Under the Influence of Lilacs, was released in May of 2010 by Clover Valley Press and won the Honorable Mention Award through NEMBA.
She is currently the Duluth Poet Laureate. Deb’s latest chapbook can be purchased at: www.amazon.com