Margaret Cooley is a cultural worker who writes nonfiction and poetry. Her writing often focuses on her working-class Irish American heritage. She also writes about the oppression of peoples worldwide. She is a founding member of the Laborfest Writers’ Group. Her creative pursuits are tied to her activism, and she has contributed numerous songs, essays and poetry to Laborfest, Crossroads Irish American Festival, the Living Wage Coalition, San Francisco City College Labor Studies Program, local labor union events, and picket lines. She is working on a memoir of her Irish family emigrating in the mid-19th century to work in the coal mines of southwestern Pennsylvania. She lives, writes, performs, and sings in San Francisco, California.