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.
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.
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
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.