Brenda Hillman is the 12th
Florie Gale Arons Poet

She will read on campus the evening of November 8, 2010.


C.D. Wright

Nicole Cooley

Kimiko Hahn

Alice Notley

Toi Derricotte

Natasha Trethewey

Denise Duhamel

Colette Inez

Carole Simmons Oles

Maxine Kumin

Kate Daniels


LISTEN to Nicole Cooley read as the 10th Florie Gale Arons Poet at Newcomb College Center for Research on Women on the evening of October 6, 2008 (MP3)

Nicole returned to Tulane to participate in the August 29, 2010 Katrina +5 poetry event convened by her father, Tulane Professor of English Peter Cooley, and featuring readings by the Cooleys, Yusef Kommunyaka, Kay Murphy, Brenda Marie Osbey, Alison Pelegrin, Brad Richard, and Martha Serpas.

Nicole Cooley grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana.She published her third book of poems, Breach, about Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Coast, with LSU Press in 2010. Her first book of poetry, Resurrection, won the 1995 Walt Whitman Award and was published by LSU Press in 1996. Her second book of poetry, The Afflicted Girls, about the Salem witch trials of 1692, came out with LSU Press in April 2004 and was chosen as one of the best poetry books of the year by Library Journal. She also published a novel Judy Garland, Ginger Love, with Regan Books/Harper Collins (1998). She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop and her PhD in English and Women’s Studies from Emory University. She has received a Discovery/The Nation Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Grant and the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her poems have appeared in The Nation, Poetry, Missouri Review, Pleaides, and Mississippi Review, among other magazines. She is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Queens College—City University of New York where she directs the new MFA program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation.



On Sunday afternoon 5 October, Nicole Cooley offered a workshop on campus for the benefit of student and community poets. This workshop was by invitation only.



Nicole Cooley read at 8 pm on Monday 6 October 2008 in the Kendall Cram Room of the Lavin-Bernick Center, Tulane University. 


The daughters of Florie Gale Arons, Newcomb College 1950, established the poetry program in 1999 in honor of their mother’s seventieth birthday, and it continues in her memory. Mrs. Arons’ posthumously published collection, Unspoken Words, is available at the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women, the Tualne Bookstore, and independent bookstores in the area.


Newcomb College Center for Research on Women @ Tulane University New Orleans, LA 70118  504-865-5238