MARTHA COOLEY is the author of two novels—The Archivist, a national bestseller also published in a dozen foreign markets, and Thirty-Three Swoons (both brought out by Little, Brown)—and a memoir, Guesswork: A Reckoning With Loss (Catapult). A writer of short fiction, she won a 2017 O. Henry Prize for her story “Mercedes Benz.”
Martha’s essays, short fiction, and co-translations have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, LitHub, A Public Space, AGNI, The Common, The Southampton Review, Consequence, and other leading literary journals. Martha is a translator of Italian prose and poetry. She co-translated the short-story collection Time Ages in a Hurry (Archipelago Books) by renowned author Antonio Tabucchi; a chapbook of poems, The Wounded Migrant, by Loris Jacopo Bononi; and numerous poems by the prize-winning poet Giampiero Neri. She teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Adelphi University, where she is a Professor of English. Prior to Adelphi, she taught for fifteen years in the Bennington Writing Seminars. Martha is a longstanding member of PEN American Center (NYC), whose Poetry in Translation prize she judged in 2011. When not in New York, she lives in the medieval Italian village of Castiglione del Terziere with her husband Antonio Romani and about a dozen cats.