Michael Copperman

Location Eugene, OR
Occupation Senior Writing Instructor at the University of Oregon for diverse students
Website http://

About Me

My prose has appeared in The Oxford-American, The Sun, Creative Nonfiction, Salon, Gulf Coast, Guernica, Triquarterly, and Copper Nickel, among many others, and has won awards and garnered fellowships from the Munster Literature Center, Breadloaf Writer's Conference, Oregon Literary Arts, and the Oregon Arts Commission.

From 2002-04, I taught fourth grade in the rural black public schools of the Mississippi Delta with Teach For America. My memoir, "TEACHER" (UPM 2016), a Finalist for the Oregon Book Award, concerns that experience.

Why do you write?

Writing is how I understand.

Any favorite authors? Books?

I love James Baldwin, Kazuo Ishiguro, Cesar Vallejo, Andre Dubus, Gloria Naylor, Isaac Babel, Twain, Bernard Malamud, Chekhov, Fitzgerald in Gatsby and not in his short stories, Zora Neale Hurston, Amy Hempel and Lorrie Moore and early Ann Beattie, Carver, Edward P. Jones in "Lost in the City," and a lot else that's probably more telling but reflects badly on my taste.

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Rick Rofihe – Apr 04, 2010

Thanks for the kind words for "Boys Who Do the Bop".

Julie Britt – Nov 19, 2009

Michael, thanks for you comments on Jesus Wept. Your job sounds interesting. Are these students enrolled in degree programs?

M.H. – Nov 01, 2009

Hi Michael,
Thanks for the kind words on "I'm doing nothing wrong." It's great to see you here!

Hobie Anthony – Oct 23, 2009

Hey welcome to the group. You've got some nice credentials there! Kudos!

Michael Copperman – Oct 22, 2009

Sharon, good to meet you.

Sharon Hurlbut – Oct 22, 2009

Hi Michael, it's nice to meet you!

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