Cooper Lee Bombardier

Cooper Lee Bombardier is an American writer and visual artist living in Canada. He’s worked as a construction worker, cook, carpenter, union stagehand, bouncer, welder, shop steward, dishwasher, truck driver and housepainter, among other things. His writing has appeared in many publications and anthologies, such as Kenyon Review, The Malahat Review, Ninth Letter, CutBank, Nailed Magazine, Longreads, BOMB and The Rumpus, and recently in the Lambda Literary Award–winning anthology The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care, and the Lambda-nominated anthology Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers, which won the 2018 American Library Association Stonewall Book Awards Barbara Gittings Literature Award. Cooper Lee has received fellowships from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Lambda Literary Foundation and RADAR Labs. He has taught at the University of Portland, Clark College, Portland State University, Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Critical Studies graduate program, NSCAD, Saint Mary’s University, University of King’s College, Mount Saint Vincent University, and at various high schools as a writer-in-residence through Writers in the Schools. His memoir-in-essays, Pass with Care, is forthcoming from Dottir Press in spring 2020.

Stories By Cooper Lee Bombardier

How to Transition When Your Models of Masculinity Are Macho Biker Dudes

By night I was a queer butch artist. By day I worked with guys who were handy with a hammer and quick with a gay joke. Both worlds taught me about being a man.