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Peter Cooley
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Full name

Peter John Cooley

Presence at Shimer


Presence on Earth



Shimer College 1962


University of Chicago


University of Iowa


Mount Carroll period alum


Poet and Professor of English


Peter Cooley was a student at Shimer College in the early Great Books period, enrolling as an early entrant and graduating in 1962.

Brief description[]

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Peter Cooley (b. 1940) is an acclaimed American poet and a professor at Tulane University in New Orleans. Cooley received his undergraduate education at Shimer College, where he enrolled via the school's early entrance to college program and graduated in 1962. His graduate education he acquired at the University of Chicago and the University of Iowa, where he also attended the famous Iowa Writers' Workshop. As of 2012, Cooley has published nine volumes of poetry. (from Shimer College Wiki)


Writings about Shimer[]


Peter Cooley (born November 19, 1940) is an American poet and Professor of English in the Department of English at Tulane University. He also directs Tulane’s Creative Writing Program. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he holds degrees from Shimer College, the University of Chicago and the University of Iowa.[1]


Prior to joining Tulane, Cooley taught at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. He was the Robert Frost Fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 1981.

Poetry and awards[]

Cooley has published eight books of poetry, all with the Carnegie Mellon University Press.[2] He received the Inspirational Professor Award in 2001 and the Newcomb Professor of the Year Award in 2003.[3]

Poetry collections[]

  • The Company of Strangers (Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1975)
  • The Room Where Summer Ends (Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1979)
  • Nightseasons (Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1983)
  • The Van Gogh Notebook (Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1987)
  • The Astonished Hours (Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1992)
  • Sacred Conversations (Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1998)
  • A Place Made of Starlight (Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2003)
  • The Van Gogh Notebook (Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2004)
  • Divine Margins (Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2009)


  1. The Literary Encyclopedia Accessed August 13, 2008.
  2. Carnegie Mellon University Press Poetry Titles Accessed August 13, 2008.
  3. [1] Accessed January 2nd, 2009.

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