About Michael Copperman

Michael Copperman’s work has appeared in The Sun, The Oxford-American, Creative Nonfiction, Gulf Coast, Guernica, Copper Nickel, Unsaid, Post Road and Southword, among others. He is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Munster Literature Center, the Oregon Arts Council, Literary Arts, and Breadloaf Writers Conference. From 2002-04 he taught fourth grade in the rural black public schools of the Mississippi Delta with Teach For America, and his memoir-in-progress, "Gone," concerns that experience.

Why I Hate Bullies

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His school days are years in the past, but cruel comments by unthinking teens bring the pain of bullying back for Michael Copperman.

Hope in What Work We Do

Even an empty classroom holds hope.

Michael Copperman talks about the hope and rewards that come from teaching at-risk students.

A Perfect Test

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A San Francisco native travels to the Mississippi Delta for lessons on another America.

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Letter to J., Who I Used to Mentor

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Michael Copperman finds that the right moment to mentor usually comes on the way to somewhere else.