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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 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.

    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 he once hit for the cycle in workshop softball vs. the Fiction writers.

   His first collection of poems, To Lose & to Pretend, was published in 2008 by Brooklyn Arts Press, and his second is forthcoming.  Chris has published scholarship on Melville's Moby-Dick, Miller's Tropic of Capricorn, and Farrell's Studs Lonigan, and has written or co-written ACT and SAT test-prep guides and verbal practice tests for Barron's, Wiley, and Academic Tutoring Centers, Inc.

    He lived for years in Chicago, where he taught Comp/Rhetoric and English Literature at DePaul University and Harper College.  He currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter and teaches English Literature and Creative Writing in the CUNY system at Borough of Manhattan Community College.