Cooper Lee Bombardier

Cooper Lee Bombardier

MFA Mentor, Creative Nonfiction

Cooper Lee Bombardier Cooper Lee Bombardier

MS Writing/Book Publishing (Portland State University), MFA Creative Writing/Nonfiction (Portland State University), BFA Illustration (Massachusetts College of Art)

Cooper Lee Bombardier is a writer and visual artist based in Halifax. He holds an MS in Writing/Book Publishing (Portland State University), an MFA Creative Writing/Nonfiction (Portland State University), and a BFA Illustration (Massachusetts College of Art). He is the author of Pass with Care: Memoirs, a finalist for the 2021 CLMP Firecracker Award in nonfiction. His writing appears in The Malahat ReviewNarrativelyThe Kenyon Review, Ninth Letter, CutBankNailed MagazineLongreadsBOMB, and The Rumpus; and in 19 anthologies, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning book, The RemedyEssays on Queer Health Issues, and Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Speculative Fiction From Transgender Writers, winner of an ALA Stonewall Book Award. He has received fellowships and support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Access Copyright Foundation, Lambda Literary Foundation, The Sou’wester Lodge, the Port Bickerton Lighthouse Residency, and RADAR Labs. Cooper Lee has taught writing and critical/cultural studies at the University of Portland, Clark College, Portland State University, the Pacific Northwest College of Arts Critical Studies graduate program, NSCAD, St. Mary’s University, Mount Saint Vincent University, Dalhousie University, and at various high schools as a writer-in-residence through Writers in The Schools programs.

Selected Publications

  • Pass with Care: Memoirs. Dottir Press, 2020.
  • Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction & Fantasy from Transgender Writers. Cat Fitzpatrick and Casey Plett, Eds. Topside Press 2017; Little Puss Press, 2021
  • The RemedyEssays on Queer Health Issues. Zena Sharman, Ed. Arsenal Pulp Press. 2017.
  • Home is Where You Queer Your Heart. Miah Jeffra, Arisa White, and Monique Mero-Williams, Eds. Foglifter Press, 2021.
  • “How to Transition When Your Models of Masculinity Are Macho Biker Dudes.” Narratively Memoir, 2020.
  • “A Trans Body’s Path in Eight Folds,” Kenyon Review, 2016.


  • Queer/ trans narratives & chronologies
  • Somatic/embodied memoir
  • Personal essay
  • Hybrid/experimental forms & constraint-based writing
  • Anti-oppressive/liberatory creative writing pedagogy