Welcome! My name is Gemma Cooper-Novack, and my life and work revolve around writing.
As an education researcher, currently a doctoral student at Syracuse University, I focus on the intersections of writing pedagogies and social justice, the development of writer identity in community, and the significance of arts education and creative writing in literacy education in and out of school.
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!
"Gemma has helped me break down seemingly huge projects into manageable pieces that I can act upon. … She understands how people with ADHD operate with work and academics. She gets it and provides concrete help."
Gemma is a wonderful writing instructor. She really forces you to think, and connect what would appear at the moment unrelated.
"[P]laywright Gemma Cooper-Novack's articulate exploration of the issues doesn't seek convenient targets for blame … [it] strive[s] to remind audiences that conflict in faraway lands is not without its repercussions right here at home.”
Mary Shen Barnidge
Gemma helped me pass the writing portion of the communication/literacy MTEL! She provided me with useful strategies that made the test so much easier.
Compassion, a perhaps underrated subject in contemporary lyrical poetry, gets a rollickingly twisted treatment in Cooper-Novack’s deft and slippery hands.
writer and writing teacher
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