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Chris O. Cook
was born and raised on Long Island, New York, where he attended Cold Spring Harbor Junior/Senior High School, graduating in 1996.  He got up to the county tournament in the junior-high spelling bee, but was eliminated on the word "mimicry," which is fitting, because he is so original.

    He earned his BA from Ohio's Kenyon College, where he studied writing under James Kimbrell, Erin Belieu, P.F. Kluge, and Jennifer Clarvoe, and was the recipient his junior year of the John Crowe Ransom Prize in Poetry.  He graduated in 2000 with High Honors in English, which would have been Highest Honors except that certain people on the committee thought his comps were teh sexist (their exact words).  How many times did Chris have to explain, he was playing a character?  Jeez.

    Chris subsequently earned an MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he studied under Marvin Bell, Dean Young, James Galvin, Robert Hass, Mark Levine, and Donald Revell.  He was the recipient of a Teaching-Writing Fellowship, and once hit for the cycle in Workshop softball vs. the Fiction writers.  Nothing you have heard about him regarding this period in his life is true, especially if you heard it from Whatsherface.  No-one knows what her problem with Chris was.  It has been suggested that she just totally wanted to get with Chris and just, you know, couldn't deal with it.

    He lived for years in Chicago, where he taught comp/rhetoric and lit at DePaul University and Harper College, but has recently relocated to New York City, where he tries to avoid getting accused of being a hipster by never leaving the house.