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Kerry Cohen

Kerry Cohen

Kerry Cohen,
Red Earth MFA Faculty Mentor
Red Earth MFA


I'm concerned mostly with girls' issues, particularly girls/women and sex. I'm interested in how so much of our behavior and decisions are culturally cued. Much of my work can
be defined by my admittance to feelings and behaviors that most of us feel but are hard pressed to admit to. I believe learning we aren't so alone, finding that sort of intimacy between the covers of a book, saves us. And I believe telling the truth is the key to good writing. My pedagogical interest is primarily in narrative form: how do we use form to engage readers, to bring them into an experience that might make them uncomfortable or challenge them emotionally?

Kerry Cohen is a psychotherapist , specializing in sex and relationships, writing faculty at The Red Earth Low-Residency MFA , and the author of Lush, Loose Girl, Dirty Little Secrets, Seeing Ezra; the young adult novels Easy , The Good Girl , and It’s Not You, It’s Me; Spent , an anthology of 30 astounding essays concerning women and shopping; and The Truth of Memoir: How to Write About Yourself and Others with Honesty, Emotion, and Integrity .

Kerry has been featured on The Today Show, Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, the BBC Saturday Live, and many more television and radio shows. She has published in The New York Times Modern Love column, the Washington Post Outlook,, Literary Mama, and many more journals and magazines; and she has essays in numerous anthologies.

Contact Information

Walker Center
Oklahoma City, OK 73106