Welcome to Gemma Cooper-Novack’s home page! I’m a writer, playwright, educator, researcher, and writing coach. That is to say, my work and life revolve around writing.

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I recently received my doctorate in Literacy Education from Syracuse University, where I my work focused on the affective experiences and writer identities of adolescent writers in out-of-school spaces, particularly those who are LGBTQ+. My dissertation, “A Sense of Safe Connection”: An Affective Narrative Exploration with Queer Teenage Writers in an Out-of-School Time Space,, received the 2022-2023 All University Doctoral Prize. I have spent the past year as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Literacy Education at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY.

As a practicing writer—a poet, a playwright, a fiction writer, and an academic writer-researcher—I derive joy and purpose from my connection with a range of academic, literary, and artistic communities.

As a writing educator and writing coach, I am invested in supporting writers who struggle with structure and practice and teaching in both community education and school settings.

I would love to talk to you! Please feel free to look around the site and contact me below!

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