M.F.A. (1987), Creative Writing, The Writers’ Workshop, University of Iowa. Thesis: Cracked
M.A. (1967), Simon Fraser University. Thesis: The Poetry of Raymond Souster.
B.A. (1964) English, Calvin College
Cook was one of the eight charter faculty members when Redeemer opened in 1982. Courses he has taught over the years at Redeemer have included Introduction to Fiction, Introduction to
Poetry and Drama, Creative Writing, Canadian Literature, American Literature, and Senior Seminars in Canadian and American Literature.
Cook has combined being an academic with a writing career. His first literary output consisted of poems published in Canadian literary journals such as Quarry, Canadian Poetry, The Canadian Forum, Folio, and The University of Windsor Review. Later, his stories appeared in literary journals such as The Malahat Review, NeWest ReView, Wascana Review, Descant,
Fiddlehead, and The Antigonish Review. Essays and reviews have been published in Image, Books and Culture, Studies in Canadian Literature, Windhover, and Christianity Today. Cook
speaks frequently at writing conferences, including Festival of Faith and Writing, Write Canada, and Breathe.
Cook’s first book, Cracked Wheat and Other Stories (Mosaic Press), appeared in 1985. His second book was a novel titled The Homecoming Man (Mosaic Press, 1989). It has appeared in a Dutch translation under the title Een Man Komt Thuis (Mozaiëk, 2007). Cook’s third book was a book of linked stories titled Home In Alfalfa (Mosaic Press, 1998). It was awarded first prize in the City of Hamilton Book Awards in the fiction category, and The Word Guild named it co-winner of first prize in the fiction category for books published in 1998. Home In Alfalfa has
been adapted for stage, and the play had its premiere as the mainstage production in November, 2007 in Redeemer University College’s 2007-2008 season. Cook’s fourth book, a novel, is titled Heron River (Mosaic Press, 2011). It has appeared in a Dutch translation under the title De tuin van Adam (Mozaiëk, 2015). The Word Guild named Heron River first prize winner in the Contemporary Novel category in 2012.
Cook has twice been awarded grants from the Ontario Arts Council. In 1997 The Word Guild of Canada awarded him the Leslie K. Tarr Award.