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Literati is pleased to welcome Desiree Cooper, Robin Gaines, Mardi Jo Link, and Mary Kay Zuravleff in celebration of their recent publications.
A 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, Desiree Cooper is a former attorney, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist, and Detroit community activist. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Callaloo, Detroit Noir, Best African American Fiction 2010, and Tidal Basin Review, among other online and print publications. Cooper was a founding board member of Cave Canem, a national residency for emerging black poets, and she is a Kimbilio fellow, a national residency for African American fiction writers. She is the author of the short story collection Know the Mother.
Robin Gaines is an award winning journalist and fiction writer. Her work has appeared in literary journals, newspapers, magazines and anthologies. Invincible Summers is her first novel. She lives in Michigan.
Mardi Jo Link has worked as a police and general assignment reporter, magazine editor, and freelance writer. She is a Heartland bestselling author of the critically acclaimed memoir Bootstrapper--which won the Great Lakes, Great Reads Booksellers' Choice Award and the Michigan Notable Book Award--as well as When Evil Came to Good Hart, Isadore's Secret, and The Drummond Girls. She lives with her family on a small farm in northern Michigan.
Mary Kay Zuravleff is also the author of Man Alive!, The Bowl Is Already Broken, which The New York Times praised as "a tart, affectionate satire of the museum world's bickering and scheming," and The Frequency of Souls, which the Chicago Tribune deemed "a beguiling and wildly inventive first novel." Honors for her work include the American Academy's Rosenthal Award and the James Jones First Novel Award, and she has been nominated for the Orange Prize. She lives in Washington, D.C., where she serves on the board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and is a cofounder of the D.C. Women Writers Group.