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Cooper Dillon Books is a poetry press committed to upholding the values that make poems timeless. Founded in 2009 and based in San Diego, California, we publish full-length and chapbook perfect-bound paperback editions. Our books are available at our store and ship from San Diego; additionally, most titles are distributed via Ingram, supplying retailers worldwide. We do not run contests, nor accept grants, donations, or financial support from any institutions.

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Authors & Editors

Cooper Dillon Authors

Portrait of Laura Cherry

Laura Cherry's chapbook, What We Planted, was awarded the 2002 Philbrick Poetry Award by the Providence Athenaeum. She is co-editor of the anthology Poem, Revised (Marion Street Press). Her work has been published in journals including Asphodel, Argestes, Forklift: Ohio, Agenda, and The Vocabula Review. It has also appeared in the anthologies Present Tense (Calyx Press), and Vocabula Bound (Marion Street Press). She received an MFA from Warren Wilson College. She lives near Boston, where she works as a technical writer.

Laura Cherry's Haunts

Portrait of Linda Dove

Linda Dove holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance literature and teaches college writing courses in southern California. Her award-winning books of poetry include her debut collection, In Defense of Objects (2009), and the chapbooks, O Dear Deer (2011), and This Too (2017), as well as the scholarly collection of essays, Women, Writing, and the Reproduction of Culture in Tudor and Stuart Britain (2000). Poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America. Currently, she is serving as the faculty editor for MORIA, the national, online literary magazine at Woodbury University. She lives with her human family, plus two Jack Russell terriers and three backyard chickens, in the foothills of Los Angeles.

Linda Doves's Fearn
Twitter: @Linda_Dove

Animated portrait of Jill Alexander Essbaum

Jill Alexander Essbaum is the award-winning author of several collections of poetry including Heaven, Harlot, Necropolis, and the single-poem chapbook The Devastation. Her first novel Hausfrau debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List and has been translated into 26 languages. Her work has appeared in dozens of journals including Poetry, TheChristian Century, Image, and The Rumpus, as well as multiple Best American Poetry anthologies. A two-time NEA fellow, Jill is a core faculty member in The Low Residency MFA Program at University of California-Palm Desert. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Jill Alexander Essbaum's The Devastation
Jill Alexander Essbaum's Would-Land
Twitter: @JAEssbaum

Portrait of Mag Gabbert

Mag Gabbert holds a Ph.D. in creative writing from Texas Tech University and an MFA from The University of California at Riverside. Her essays and poems can be found in 32 Poems, Pleiades, The Rumpus, Thrush, Hobart, Phoebe, Birmingham Poetry Review, and many other journals. Mag teaches creative writing at Southern Methodist University and for Writing Workshops Dallas; she serves as the interviews editor for Underblong Journal.

Twitter: @mag_gabbert

Portrait of Melody S. Gee

Melody S. Gee was born in Taiwan and raised in Cerritos, California. Her first poetry collection, Each Crumbling House, won the 2010 Perugia Press Book Prize. Recent poems and essays appear in Copper Nickel, The Book of Scented Things Anthology, Spillway, and Boxcar Poetry Review. She holds degrees in English from the University of California Berkeley and the University of New Mexico, and has been awarded a Robert Watson Literary Prize and a Kundiman Poetry Retreat Fellowship. Currently, she teaches developmental writing at St. Louis Community College, and lives with her husband and two daughters in Missouri.

Melody S. Gee's The Dead in Daylight

Portrait of Mónica Gomery

Born in Massachusetts and raised by her Venezuelan/Eastern European family both in Boston and Caracas, Mónica Gomery is a lover of questions, community, language and song. She is a graduate of the Creative Writing BFA program at Goddard College, and recieved rabbinic ordination form Hebrew College in 2017. Currently she reside in Chicago and builds queer Jewish community as the Associate Director of SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva. Móonica's writing has appeared in Cutbank, Hold, fog machine, Word FOr/Word, Requited Journal, and Alice BLue Review, as well as other publications. Her chapbook Of Darkness and Tumbling is from YesYes Books, and Here is the Night and the Night on the Road is her first full-length book of poetry.

Mónica Gomery's Here is the Night and the Night on the Road

Portrait of Clay Matthews

Clay Matthews has published two previous full-length collections: Superfecta (Ghost Road Press, 2008) and Runoff (BlazeVox Books, 2009). He's also published a couple chapbooks, and a handful of poems and etc. in journals such as The American Poetry Review, Willow Springs, Black Warrior Review, Gulf Coast, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. He completed his Ph.D. in creative writing at Oklahoma State in 2008, and he's now teaching at Tusculum College outside of Greeneville, TN, where he also edits poetry for The Tusculum Review. He's got some poems floating around out there in the internet he'd love for you to look up and introduce yourself to, and he always enjoys hearing from folks.

Clay Matthew's Pretty, Rooster & Shore
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Portrait of William Matthews

William Matthews was born in Cincinati in 1942. He studied at Yale and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During his lifetime he published eleven books of poetry, including Time & Money (1996), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award; Selected Poems and Translations 1969-1991 (1992); Blues If You Want (1989); A Happy Childhood (1984); Rising and Falling (1979); Sticks and Stones (1975); and Ruining the New Road (1970). Collections published posthumously include Search Party: Collected Poems, edited by his son Sebastian Matthews and Stanley Plumly (2004), After All: Last Poems (1998), and New Hope for the Dead (2010). He was also the author of a book of essays entitled Curiosities (1989).
William Matthews served as president of The Associated Writing Programs and of the Poetry Society of America, and as a member and chair of the Literature Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts. He received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Ingram Merrill foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Lila Wallace- Reader's Digest Fund, and in April 1997 he was awarded the Ruth Lilly Prize. He taught at numerous schools, including, in his last years, the City College of New York. William Matthews died of a heart attack on November 12, 1997, the day after his fifty-fifth birthday.

William Matthews' Ruining the New Road

Portrait of Gary L. McDowell

Gary L. McDowell was born and raised in suburban Chicago. He earned a BA in English from Northern Illinois University, an MFA in Poetry from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. in Contemporary American Poetics from Western Michigan University. Currently, he's an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. His first collection of poems, American Amen (Dream Horse Press, 2010), won the 2009 Orphic Prize. He is also the author of two chapbooks, They Speak of Fruit (Cooper Dillon, 2009) and The Blueprint (Pudding House, 2005) and is co-editor, with F. Daniel Rzicznek, of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice (Rose Metal Press, 2010). His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in various literary journals, including Colorado Review, Indiana Review, The Laurel Review, Mid-American Review, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Poetry Daily, and Quarterly West. He lives near Nashville, TN with his wife and their two young kids, Auden and Jorie.

Gary L. McDowell's They Speak of Fruit
Twitter: @GaryLMcDowelll

Portrait of Sara Pennington

Sara Pennington is a native of West Virginia. She lives in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, where she is a community organizer. She holds degrees in English and creative writing from Marshall University, Ohio University, and Florida State University, from which she received her Ph.D. She has had poems published in The Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Greensboro Review, Ninth Letter, and other journals. The Primer of Zinnie Lucas is her first chapbook.

Sara Pennington's The Primer of Zinnie Lucas
Twitter: @SaraPennington

Portrait of Richard Pierce

Richard Pierce is an Assistant Professor of English at Waynesburg University. Born and raised in rural western New York, he earned his Ph.D. in creative writing and literature from Texas Tech University, where he was a Chancellor’s Fellow. He also holds an M.A. from Ohio University and an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois. His poems have appeared in Tar River Poetry, New South, Ninth Letter, Poet Lore, Relief, and Birmingham Poetry Review. He has received scholarships to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Image Magazine’s GlenWest Workshop, and he has served as Managing Editor of Iron Horse Literary Review and Assistant Editor of Ninth Letter.

Richard Pierce's The Book of Mankey

Portrait of F. Daniel Rzicznek

F. Daniel Rzicznek earned a BA in English from Kent State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University. His chapbook of prose poems, Cloud Tablets, was published by Kent State University Press in 2006 as part of the Wick Poetry Chapbook Series. In 2007, he won the May Swenson Poetry Award for his debut full-length collection, Neck of the World. In 2009 his second collection of poems, Divination Machine, appeared on the Free Verse Editions imprint of Parlor Press. His individual poems have been published in The New Republic, Boston Review, Orion, Shenandoah, AGNI, The Iowa Review, and Mississippi Review, among others, and have been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. He teaches English composition and creative writing at Bowling Green State University. He lives with his wife, the writer Amanda McGuire, in Bowling Green, Ohio.

F. Daniel Rzicznek's Vine River Hermitage
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Portrait of Susannah Sheffer

Since the publication of This Kind of Knowing, Susannah Sheffer's more recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Massachusetts Review, The Examined Life, Tar River Poetry, Barrow Street, and The Connecticut River Review, and one has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Susannah is a clinical mental health counselor who works with people who have experienced various kinds of trauma, and her book Fighting for Their Lives: Inside the Experience of Capital Defense Attorneys was published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2013.

Susannah Sheffer's This Kind of Knowing

Portrait of Adam Stutz

Adam Stutz is a poet whose work has appeared in Cultural Society, Prelude, White Stag, A Sharp Piece of Awesome, The Equalizer 2.0., and is forthcoming in Be About It. When he isn’t working as a professional desk jockey, he is co-curating the Non-Standard Lit Reading Series with Mark Wallace. He currently resides in San Diego, CA.

Adam Stutz's Transcript

Cooper Dillon Editors

Portrait of Adam Deutsch

Publisher and Editor Adam Deutsch has his M.A. from Hofstra University and M.F.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been on the editorial staff of a number of presses and journals, including Ninth Letter and Barn Owl Review. He lives in San Diego, teaches college composition and writing at Grossmont College, and has work recently or forthcoming in Poetry International, Thrush, Spinning Jenny, Ping Pong, and Typo.

Twitter: @AdamDeutsch

Portrait of Christine Bryant

Assistant Editor Christine Bryant was raised in St. Louis, Missouri, then studied English and art at Cornell College before earning an MFA in creative writing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For three years, she served as editorial staff for Ninth Letter in creative nonfiction and poetry. Christine has edited professionally for over 10 years as CBC Editing, where she reviews academic, scientific, medical, and creative writing. Christine has written about writing here and here. She lives in Seattle, WA with her cat, and works as a budtender at Hashtag Recreational Cannabis.

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