“A fearless memoir, achingly alive with beauty, hope and heartbreak…”

—Margaret Malone, author of People Like You
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Teacher: Two Years in the Mississippi Delta is a lush, evocative, tough-minded memoir that allows us a glimpse into the troubled public schools of the Mississippi Delta, a world too many of us have no idea exists. As a former Delta TFA corp member, and as someone who cares deeply about Mississippi, I was knocked out by the pure hard honesty of Copperman’s story; with wisdom and care, he hauls this beautiful, troubled world onto the page. And his portrayal of his students—such vivid, enchanting young people—nearly broke my heart. Really, this is a barnburner of a memoir—powerfully told, intellectually convincing, and emotionally fraught.

—Joe Wilkins, author of The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing up on the Big Dry

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A compelling story about one of the most urgent challenges facing our country today. Michael Copperman weaves personal history and national statistics into a narrative that is at once heartbreaking and crucial. Crippled by the epidemic of educational disparity, this engaging memoir about a young professor’s journey into the Mississippi Delta’s impoverished districts to teach children how to read and write, how to find their voices and break their silence is what we look for in storytelling. A bold and important new book.

—Mario Alberto Zambrano, author of Loteria

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Riveting. Phenomenal. A fearless memoir, achingly alive with beauty, hope and heartbreak, Michael Copperman’s Teacher shines a light on American race, poverty, stereotypes and the parts of ourselves, as a nation, we desperately need to start talking about but prefer to pretend do not exist. Copperman’s humanity is evident on every single page.

—Margaret Malone, author of People Like You

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Teacher is not only the role Michael Copperman struggles to fill as a recent Stanford grad working in one of the poorest schools in rural Mississippi, it is also a fine description of what this memoir does for its reader. We are used to thinking of the children of America’s flagging education system as numbers; Copperman’s powerful and revealing storytelling delivers the children to us, their lives, their voices, and their undeniable potential. It is a work of tremendous skill, honesty, and heart.

—Katie Williams, author of The Space Between Trees and Absent

My past a broken bicycle

     lying by the side of the road.

My present a firecracker

     shooting light high into the sky.

My future a test in a pile of tests

     the teacher never gone grade.

4th Grade Student, MS Delta

Room 12, Mr. Copperman

My past a broken bicycle

     lying by the side of the road.

My present a firecracker

     shooting light high into the sky.

My future a test in a pile of tests

     the teacher never gone grade.

4th Grade Student, MS Delta

Room 12, Mr. Copperman

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about the author

Michael Copperman has taught writing to low-income, first-generation students of diverse background at the University of Oregon for the last decade.  His prose has appeared in The Oxford American, The Sun, Creative Nonfiction, Salon, Gulf Coast, Guernica, Waxwing, and Copper Nickel, among other magazines, and has won awards and garnered fellowships from the Munster Literature Center, Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, Oregon Literary Arts, and the Oregon Arts Commission. University Press of Mississippi publishes his memoir of the rural black public schools of the Mississippi Delta, Teacher, in September 2016.  He is currently seeking literary representation.

In addition to his own writing, Michael also helps run the The Oregon Writers’ Collective, a group co-founded by Heather Ryan. Through readings and workshops they foster a vibrant community to nurture working literary writers, particularly those who are beginning their careers, by connecting them with audiences and developing their craft.

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