Gemma Cooper-Novack is a writer, playwright, literacies scholar, arts and writing educator, and writing coach. New York City-born and currently anchored in Syracuse, New York, she has also lived and worked in Chicago, Accra, and Boston. She has coached hundreds of clients, published work in more than fifty journals both literary and academic, and received a PhD with distinction in Literacy Education from Syracuse University in 2022.
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Gemma is a kind and attentive teacher. … Any student of hers will no doubt be successful in the future.
"[W]ith Gemma's coaching, I will be on my way to digging into writing — a place I had been struggling to get to for over a year. Thank you, Gemma!"
When she started teaching her curriculum [in Ghana] I must admit to skepticism. Until I witnessed her teaching and the class interaction. Theater done the way Gemma does it is multi-variable, where each child participating develops leadership, management and peer accountability.
What strikes me in particular about Cooper-Novack’s work is the way in which a compressed narrative seems to inflate into a miniature world as the poem unfolds.
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Working with Gemma has transformed my writing process.
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