Michael Cooper is an Assistant Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University, where he teaches courses in literature, rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. He has a PhD from Florida State University in English Literature, a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Georgia State University, and a BA in English Literature from University of South Florida. Besides teaching, since 2009 he has served as Book Review Editor at The Southeast Review. Dr. Cooper says, “A college degree enables us to find a sense of purpose in life according to a very specific discipline.” Cooper also tells his students, “Thus, it’s important for incoming students to select a degree path that’s truly right for them.” In his free time, he enjoys travelling to Florida’s many beaches, hiking nature trails, and volunteering at his local animal shelter.
Michael was a nominee for the Pushcart Prize, and his fiction has been published in nationally-recognized literary journals such as Cimarron Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, and The Portland Review.