Tulane's professor of English Dr. Peter Cooley named state's poet laureate

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NEW ORLEANS — Dr. Peter Cooley, a professor of English and director of the creative writing program at Tulane University, has been named the state's poet laureate.

The New Orleans Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1JcGOqn) the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities will designate a place where Cooley will deliver an annual reading.

The governor appoints the poet laureate from nominations submitted by a selection committee. The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities appoints the committee.

Cooley's work includes 10 full-length collections of poetry. His poems have appeared in magazines including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The Nation, The New Republic and The Southern Review.

Cooley has received the Inspirational Professor Award and the Newcomb Professor of the Year Award at Tulane.

Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, http://www.neworleansadvocate.com

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