Cooper Lee Bombardier

Cooper Lee Bombardier is a queer, trans writer and visual artist living in Halifax. He is the author of the memoir-in-essays Pass With Care, a finalist for the 2021 Firecracker Award in Nonfiction. His writing appears in The Kenyon Review, The Malahat Review, Ninth Letter, CutBank, Nailed Magazine, Longreads, Narratively, BOMB, and The Rumpus; and in 18 anthologies, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology, The RemedyEssays on Queer Health Issues, and Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Speculative Fiction From Transgender Writers, which won a 2018 American Library Association Stonewall Book Award. The Huffington Post listed Cooper as one of “10 Transgender Artists Who Are Changing The Landscape Of Contemporary Art.” He teaches in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at University of King’s College.

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Publication Credits/Books

Pass with Care: Memoirs, Dottir Press, NY, 2020 (2021 CLMP Firecracker Award Finalist in Nonfiction)

Publication Credits/Book Chapters/Anthologies

[Working Title]: An Anthology of Contemporary Labor and Labor Rights Poems and Essays, Eds. Ashley M. Jones and Rebecca Gayle Howell, “Prayer for the Workingman,” Essay. University Press of Kentucky, forthcoming 2022

Bad Artist, Eds. Penizen (formerly The Writing Craft Collective—MJ Grant, Nellwyn Lampert, Pamela Oakley, Christian Smith, and Gillian Turnbull). “Queer Time and the Myth of the Correct Career,” Essay. Penizen, forthcoming 2022

Home is Where You Queer Your Heart, Eds. Arisa White, Miah Jeffra Milla, Monique Mero, “Homeward: On the Queer Peripatetics of My In-between,” Essay. Foglifter Press, Feb. 2021

Musing the Margins: Essays on Craft. Ed. Audrey T. Carroll. “Writing the Self/Writing the Other,” essay. Human/Kind Press, Jan. 2021

LGBTQIA+ Literature for Students Volume 1. Ed. Shannon Weber, “Why Artist Vivek Shraya is Afraid of Men,” Cengage Learning/Gale 2020

Now That We’re Men: A Play and True Life Accounts of Boys, Sex, & Power, Ed. by Katie Cappiello

Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices, eds. Kevin Manders and Elizabeth Marston, “Soil, Shit, and Compost,” essay, North Atlantic Books, December 2019

Original Plumbing: Ten Year of the Best of Trans Male Culture, eds. Rocco Kayiatos and Amos Mac, “Lessons From the Locker Room,” “My Pull Ups Parable,” essays, and an interview with T Cooper, Feminist Press, July 2019         

Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Speculative Fiction From Transgender Writers, Eds. Cat Fitzpatrick and Casey Plett, “After the Big One,” short story, Topside Press, September 2017, winner of the 2018 American Library Association Stonewall Book Awards/Barbara Gittings Literature Award, Lambda Literary Award Finalist, 2018

Emerge: 2016 Lambda Literary Fellows Anthology, Ed. Candace Eros Diaz, Lambda Literary Foundation, Summer 2017, “Two Oars,” short story

The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care, Ed. Zena Sharman, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016, “Trans Grit,” essay, winner of the 2017 Lambda Literary Award for Nonfiction

A Herstory of Transmasculine Identities – An Annotated Anthology, Ed. Michael Eric Brown, Boundless Endeavors Press, May 2016, “The Love That Remains,” essay

25 for 25: Outstanding Contemporary LGBT Authors and Those They Inspired, Eds. Ames  Hawkins and Judith Markowitz, Lambda Literary Foundation, 2013, “Tender Brothers” essay

 B, an Anthology of Barbie Poems, Eds. A.J. Huffman and April Salzano, A Kind of Hurricane  Press, 2012, poem

Sister Spit: Writing, Rants and Reminiscence from the Road, Ed. Michelle Tea, City Lights   Books, 2012 -personal essay

Trans/Love, anthology ED. Morty Diamond, Manic D Press, 2011, short story

From the Inside Out- Radical Gender Transformation FTM And Beyond, ED. Morty Diamond, Manic-D Press San Francisco 2004, essay

The Lowdown Highway, Transportation Anthology, Eds. Len Plass and Shay Alderman, Junkyard Books, San Francisco, 2003 short story

Word from the 415: Writerscorps Collection: poems and stories by youth of San Francisco, Writerscorps Books, San Francisco 1996, Essay, Lesson Plan, Student work from my residencies.

Publication Credits/Periodicals

Narratively, “Fabricating Masculinity,” (Published as “How to Transition When Your Models of Masculinity Are Macho Biker Dudes,” Essay, February 2020

The Rumpus, “The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #188: T Fleischmann,” August 2019

BOMB Magazine, “A Psychogeography of Abandonment: An Interview with Sophia Shalmiyev,” February 2019

The Malahat Review, “Half as Sensitive,” essay, January 2019, nominated by The Malahat Review for the 2019 Canadian National Magazine Award in Personal Journalism.

BOMB Magazine “A Quiet Barometer of What’s Wrong – An Interview with Nikki Darling,” interview, November 2018

The Rumpus, “Why Artist Vivek Shraya is Afraid of Men,” interview, October 2018

Longreads, “Why Do Men Fight? An Interview with Thomas Page McBee,” interview, August 2018

Ninth Letter, “More Like This Than Any of These,” nonfiction, December 2018

What Do We Do Together, “What Do We Do Together,” poem, eohippus labs, Spontaneous Series, Sept. 2018

Foglifter Literary Journal, Issue #3, “Decoupling,” fiction, June 2018, 2019 Lambda Literary Award Nominee for Anthology

Lambda Literary Review, “Zoe Whittall: On Writing for TV, Loving Fiction, and Literary Life in Canada,” interview, June 2018

Put A Egg On It #15, “Short Order,” essay, June 2018

Matrix Magazine, “Boombox,” memoir, July 2016

The Kenyon Review, “A Trans Body’s Path in Eight Folds,” lyrical essay, Summer 2016

Original Plumbing, #17 –The Tattoo Issue: excerpt from The Fevered Road, memoir, Winter 2016

Nailed Magazine, “Antoinette, For Example,” micro-memoir, January 2016

Original Plumbing, #16 –The Lit Issue: “Cooper on Cooper Action: A discussion   between authors T Cooper and Cooper Lee Bombardier about writing, teaching, and the T-word,” Spring 2015

Lambda Literary Review, book review and interview with author Everett Maroon,  September, 2014

CutBank Literary Magazine, “And When I Move I Won’t Stop For Anything,” memoir excerpt,  August 2014

Provocateur Literary Magazine, Issue One, micro-memoir “Splinters,” 2013

Lambda Literary Review, interview with author T Cooper, January 2013

Original Plumbing, #10 – the Jock issue, “My Pullups Parable,” essay, November 2012

Q’s – Art and Literature Journal, poems, Publications Studio, August 2012

The Rumpus, “Man Pageant, Unscripted,” feature article, August 2012

The Rearguard, Justin Cate profile, May 2012

The Rearguard, “Hollywood Comes to PSU,” Leverage article, May 2012 

Lambda Literary Review, Interview with Author Carter Sickels, June 2012 

The Rearguard, Interview with Annie Sprinkle, April 2012

The Rearguard, Interview with Michelle Tea, April 2012

Writers Among Artists: Faggot Dinosaur Journal, Illustration, Summer 2012

Cavalcade Literary Journal, “Pigeon Hunters,” short story, June 2012

The Rearguard, Interview with Sabrina Chap, article, February 2012

The Rearguard, “Indie publishing in a crappy economy,” article on the IPRC, February 2012

The Rearguard, Article on the PSU MFA program and Amy Stewart, Writer in Residence, 2012

Unshod Quills- A Pandemic Journal of Arts and Letters, Issue Two, September 2011, “Splinters,” short story

Queerocracy Zine, The New School, Spring 2011, poems

Original Plumbing, Spring 2011, essay online feature

Pathos Literary Magazine, Winter 2011, poem & visual art

Ooligan Press Blog, “James Frey’s Promise: A Marketing ‘Tool,’” essay, December 2, 2010

Ooligan Press Newsletter, article “Cataclysms Goes To Print Again,” December 2010

Original Plumbing Magazine, Personal Best Issue #3, “Lessons From The Locker Room,” essay, Spring 2010

OUT Magazine, March 2008, Transgender Issue, “Notable Trans Personalities” Article

Suspect Thoughts Literary Journal, 2006, poem

Santa Fe New Mexican, April 9, 2005, poem

Fringe Magazine, Santa Fe, NM, January 2004, short story

Plasm Magazine, Issue #16, 1997, poem

Publication Credits/Chapbooks and Zines

The Economy of Nostalgia, creative nonfiction chapbook, Greying Ghost Press, Boston, April 2019

Nevermind The Hormones, “The Waiting Room,” memoir excerpt, Topside Press, 2015


Honors, Fellowships, and Awards

Canada Council for the Arts Explore and Create Grant 2021


Access Copyright Foundation Professional Development Grant, 2021


2021 CLMP Firecracker Award Finalist in Nonfiction for Pass with Care: Memoirs, Dottir Press, NY


PEN Northwest Margery Boyden Wilderness Residency 2021 (Unable to attend due to Pandemic)


Port Bickerton Lighthouse Artist Residency, May 2021


Nomination for 2019 The Canadian National Magazine Award in Personal Journalism, Nominated by Malahat Review


Lambda Literary Award for Anthology, nominee, Foglifter Literary Journal, Issue #3, contributing writer, 2019


Sou’Wester Lodge Writer-In-Residence, Seaview, WA, May 2019


The Paul Lisicky Scholarship for a Lambda Literary Fellow/Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, 2018


American Library Association Stonewall Book Awards/Barbara Gittings Literature Award, for Meanwhile, Elsewhere, contributing writer, 2018


Lambda Literary Award Nominee/Fiction, for Meanwhile, Elsewhere, contributing writer, 2018


Sou’Wester Lodge Writer-In-Residence, Seaview, WA, June 2018


Lambda Literary Award Winner/Nonfiction, The Remedy: Essays on Queer Health Issues, contributing writer, 2017


Writer in Residence, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Critical Studies Graduate Program, 2017 – 2018

PSUFA Professional Development Grant Award, Faculty Association Professional Development Grant, Summer 2017


Sou’Wester Lodge Writer-In-Residence, Seaview, WA, August 2017

National Queer Arts Festival 2017, commissioned artist

Regional Arts and Culture Council Fellowship, Professional Development Grant, Summer 2016

PSUFA Professional Development Grant Award, Faculty Association Professional Development Grant, Summer 2016


Lambda Literary Foundation, Emerging Writers Nonfiction Fellowship 2016

Sou’Wester Lodge Writer-In-Residence, Seaview, WA, November 2015

Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society, Alpha Omicron Kappa

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Graduate Assistantship, PSU, MFA in Creative Writing/Nonfiction

Signal Fire Artists’/Writers’ Residency 2013 (awarded but was unable to attend)

RADAR Lab Fellowship, Writers’ Residency 2012

The Equity Foundation Larry McDonald Endowed Scholarship 2012

Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging Writers Fiction Fellowship 2011

Graduate Assistantship, PSU, MS in Writing/Book Publishing 2010-2012

National Queer Arts Festival Featured Artist, San Francisco 2001

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