MARTHA COOLEY is the author of three novels—Buy Me Love (Red Hen Press); The Archivist, a national bestseller also published in a dozen foreign markets; and Thirty-Three Swoons (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. A translator of Italian prose and poetry, Martha 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 is a Professor Emerita at Adelphi University, where she taught in the English Department for fifteen years. She also taught for fifteen years in the Bennington Writing Seminars. When not in the United States, she lives in the medieval Italian village of Castiglione del Terziere with her husband Antonio Romani and about a dozen cats.