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Bob Cooper

Bob Cooper - Editor

San Anselmo, CA, United States

Winner of 8 national writing awards since 2005, I am a travel and general-interest magazine freelancer and a copy editor for authors.

Overview

Winner of eight national magazine writing awards since 2005, I am a San Francisco-area travel, active-sports and general-interest freelance writer. My articles have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Hemispheres, American Way, Family Circle, Continental, Ladies’ Home Journal, Runner’s World (Contributing Editor since 1995), Inc. Magazine, Bicycling, Budget Travel, the Houston Chronicle, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many other major magazines, newspapers and websites. I have also had two books published--guidebooks to running/hiking trails--and I have line-edited many authors' books.

Services
Fiction
Anthologies Poetry Science Fiction Thriller
Non-Fiction
Health & wellbeing Politics & Current Affairs Self-help & Self-improvement Sports & outdoor recreation Travel

Awards

  • 2016 NATJA - Bronze - Travel Roundup
  • 2014 NATJA - Bronze - Profile
  • 2013 NATJA - Silver - Travel Article
  • 2013 NATJA - Silver - Profile
  • 2013 NATJA - Bronze - Sports & Recreation
  • 2010 SATW-West - Silver - Travel Service
  • 2008 ASJA - Gold - Outstanding Service Article
  • 2005 ASJA - Gold - Making A Difference Article

Work experience

Freelance Writer/Editor

Self-employed
January, 1995 – Present (almost 23 years)

Portfolio (13 selected works)

San Francisco Running Guide (City Running Guide Series)

Bob Cooper

" With nearly a million acres of beautiful parklands, countless breathtaking mountain and canyon trails, spectacular cityscapes around every corner, and hundreds of miles of gorgeous coastline, the toughest part of running in San Francisco may be deciding on a route to explore first. San Francisco Running Guide was written to help make the difficult decision of where to run in the Bay Area an ... read more

" With nearly a million acres of beautiful parklands, countless breathtaking mountain and canyon trails, spectacular cityscapes around every corner, and hundreds of miles of gorgeous coastline, the toughest part of running in San Francisco may be deciding on a route to explore first. San Francisco Running Guide was written to help make the difficult decision of where to run in the Bay Area an ... read more

Red Fire: Growing Up During The Chinese Cultural Revolution

Wei Yang Chao

In August 1966, a 14-year-old boy in Beijing is thrust into violence and chaos as Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution begins to blaze across China. Red Fire is Wei Yang Chao's riveting historical memoir about that era. He tells how rebels attacked and publicly humiliated his family, upended his education. Swept up in events, he finds himself at the center during mass rallies of Red Guards at Tian... read more

In August 1966, a 14-year-old boy in Beijing is thrust into violence and chaos as Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution begins to blaze across China. Red Fire is Wei Yang Chao's riveting historical memoir about that era. He tells how rebels attacked and publicly humiliated his family, upended his education. Swept up in events, he finds himself at the center during mass rallies of Red Guards at Tian... read more

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G. A. Matiasz

An astute, socially relevant tale, set in a world that readers will happily get lost in.Kirkus ReviewsDetective Jimmy Hidalgo tracks a serial killer whose first victim was Jimmy’s best friend, in a San Francisco on the brink of social insurrection. The killer has a terrifying new way of murdering her victims. Salvor Becky Wiley recovers a mysterious object from burned out suburbs in a balkaniz... read more

An astute, socially relevant tale, set in a world that readers will happily get lost in.Kirkus ReviewsDetective Jimmy Hidalgo tracks a serial killer whose first victim was Jimmy’s best friend, in a San Francisco on the brink of social insurrection. The killer has a terrifying new way of murdering her victims. Salvor Becky Wiley recovers a mysterious object from burned out suburbs in a balkaniz... read more

Raised in the Shadow of the Bomb: Children of the Manhattan Project

Deborah Leah Steinberg

This story began before I was born, when my father, Ellis P. Steinberg, and uncle Bernard Abraham worked on the secret undertaking that developed the first atomic bombs. These later were dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was not only my extended nuclear family that experienced and was affected by growing up at this time in history, but a whole generation of other children raised in the s... read more

This story began before I was born, when my father, Ellis P. Steinberg, and uncle Bernard Abraham worked on the secret undertaking that developed the first atomic bombs. These later were dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was not only my extended nuclear family that experienced and was affected by growing up at this time in history, but a whole generation of other children raised in the s... read more

Intelligent Design and Other Poems

Bruce Sams

In his fine debut, Bruce Sams takes us on a philosophical excursion—witty, insightful, provocative—through human aspirations, foibles and delights. His savvy, wry intelligence considers a wide range of subjects: mortality, politics, spirituality, the nature of Nature, biology’s lessons, the afterlife, the mysterious power of art, the wonder of an enduring love. Intelligent Design is one of tho... read more

In his fine debut, Bruce Sams takes us on a philosophical excursion—witty, insightful, provocative—through human aspirations, foibles and delights. His savvy, wry intelligence considers a wide range of subjects: mortality, politics, spirituality, the nature of Nature, biology’s lessons, the afterlife, the mysterious power of art, the wonder of an enduring love. Intelligent Design is one of tho... read more

My Journey In and Out of Africa

Pauline Tusher

A compelling story of love and loss, and Pauline Tusher’s call to return to East Africa, time after time. At the age of fourteen, Pauline lived at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, dreaming of one day visiting the islands of the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean. Then came the terrifying Mau Mau Rebellion and the pain of growing up in a family abandoned by her mother. This uplifting book takes readers ... read more

A compelling story of love and loss, and Pauline Tusher’s call to return to East Africa, time after time. At the age of fourteen, Pauline lived at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, dreaming of one day visiting the islands of the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean. Then came the terrifying Mau Mau Rebellion and the pain of growing up in a family abandoned by her mother. This uplifting book takes readers ... read more

The Rangity Tango Kids

Lorraine Rominger

“The cadence of Rominger’s narrative style is soundly evocative of the world she brings to life in The Rangity Tango Kids. Growing up on a California farm riding horses and motorcycles, Rominger figured out where her heart was. The rich story of how to be a great family, to overcome challenges together, and to win in the end is one you won’t want to miss.” —ROBERT REDFORD “From the ground it l... read more

“The cadence of Rominger’s narrative style is soundly evocative of the world she brings to life in The Rangity Tango Kids. Growing up on a California farm riding horses and motorcycles, Rominger figured out where her heart was. The rich story of how to be a great family, to overcome challenges together, and to win in the end is one you won’t want to miss.” —ROBERT REDFORD “From the ground it l... read more

What a Trip!: A Mostly Positive Life Story

Jim Wood

There's no sexual abuse, drug addiction or criminal behavior in What a Trip! Just an ordinary guy-hard working, optimistic, average I.Q.-who leads an extraordinary life. Jim Wood's story is heartbreaking and heartwarming; you'll learn from his clumsy mistakes and his gentle advice. If you want to wander America with an inquisitive runner; start three successful businesses from scratch; and see... read more

There's no sexual abuse, drug addiction or criminal behavior in What a Trip! Just an ordinary guy-hard working, optimistic, average I.Q.-who leads an extraordinary life. Jim Wood's story is heartbreaking and heartwarming; you'll learn from his clumsy mistakes and his gentle advice. If you want to wander America with an inquisitive runner; start three successful businesses from scratch; and see... read more

The Function of the Ekkyklema in Greek Theatre: The Sculptural Display of Murdered Victims and the Success of Greek Tragedy for the State

Joel D. Eis

This is a new take on the topic with considerable new scholarship about how the ekkyklema worked semiotically, dramaturgically and politically within Greek tragedy. In this fascinating and well-documented cultural study the author explores the proposition that the success of Greek tragedy was connected to the pre-mediated use of religious tropes in the drama, thus triggering profoundly ancient... read more

This is a new take on the topic with considerable new scholarship about how the ekkyklema worked semiotically, dramaturgically and politically within Greek tragedy. In this fascinating and well-documented cultural study the author explores the proposition that the success of Greek tragedy was connected to the pre-mediated use of religious tropes in the drama, thus triggering profoundly ancient... read more

THE GREATEST ENCOUNTER: The Greatest Encounter with the highest power in the universe, Jesus Christ Glorified.

KLEHAM KINGS DEGAYA

The Greatest Encounter is not like any other book in the world. Christians are often told, "unfortunate things happen in their lives because their faith was not strong enough for The Almighty God to intercede" or "It is God's will". Nothing could be further from the truth. In honoring his commission to be an eye opener to mankind world-wide and repair the damages in Christianity, Bishop K.K. D... read more

The Greatest Encounter is not like any other book in the world. Christians are often told, "unfortunate things happen in their lives because their faith was not strong enough for The Almighty God to intercede" or "It is God's will". Nothing could be further from the truth. In honoring his commission to be an eye opener to mankind world-wide and repair the damages in Christianity, Bishop K.K. D... read more

All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song

Rebecca Foust

Poetry. "Foust brings to life an immense range of experience and feeling. This poet's emotional intelligence correlates, too, with her formal skill, that unique talent for phrase and rhythm with which she makes a whole world palpable. A superb poet and a tremendous book"--Peter Campion.

Poetry. "Foust brings to life an immense range of experience and feeling. This poet's emotional intelligence correlates, too, with her formal skill, that unique talent for phrase and rhythm with which she makes a whole world palpable. A superb poet and a tremendous book"--Peter Campion.

God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World

Rebecca Foust, Lorna Stevens

Poetry. Art by Lorna Stevens. "Rebecca Foust knows what goes on in 'the cricket-sung, grass-sweet dark,' and she isn't afraid to sing it. If there are moments of anxiety, intimations of mortality--if, as she writes, 'ours is the curse of the blighted touch'--they cannot, in the end, overwhelm the exuberant, muscular joy that emanates both from Foust's poems, and from Lorna Stevens' charming an... read more

Poetry. Art by Lorna Stevens. "Rebecca Foust knows what goes on in 'the cricket-sung, grass-sweet dark,' and she isn't afraid to sing it. If there are moments of anxiety, intimations of mortality--if, as she writes, 'ours is the curse of the blighted touch'--they cannot, in the end, overwhelm the exuberant, muscular joy that emanates both from Foust's poems, and from Lorna Stevens' charming an... read more

Mom's Canoe

Rebecca Foust

'Mom's Canoe' is a chapbook of 24 poems rooted in the author's memories of growing up in the Allegheny Mountains in western Pennsylvania, an area of rich farmland and thickly wooded hills and valleys that was also the site of heavy coal mining and rail-roading activity in the last century.

'Mom's Canoe' is a chapbook of 24 poems rooted in the author's memories of growing up in the Allegheny Mountains in western Pennsylvania, an area of rich farmland and thickly wooded hills and valleys that was also the site of heavy coal mining and rail-roading activity in the last century.

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