Margaret  Cooley is a cultural worker who writes nonfiction and poetry. She was born and educated in the United States. She has a Master in Education. Her Catholic school education on social justice issues introduced her to Liberation Theology. She was most drawn to the poets of Central and South America because they wrote about subjects of repression and revolution in their countries. Her writing often focuses on her working class Irish American heritage. She also writes about the oppression of peoples worldwide. She is currently working on a memoir of her Irish family emigrating in the mid 19th century to work in the coalmines of southwestern Pennsylvania.

Margaret is a member of the National Writers Union, the Labor Heritage Rockin’ Solidarity Chorus, the San Francisco LaborFest Writing Group and the Living Wage Coalition. She lives, writes, performs and sings in San Francisco, California.