Poet Gregory M. Cook was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, in 1942. His father, a Canadian soldier, was killed in Holland in 1944. Cook worked as a student clergyman in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia during his undergraduate arts and theology studies and as a news reporter in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He met and interviewed Alden Nowlan in 1963 for the first student literary magazine, of which Cook was a co-founder at Acadia University, after the literary pages of the student newspaper were dropped in 1939.
Returning to Acadia University, he wrote the first thesis study (M.A.1967) on the life and work of novelist Ernest Buckler. He subsequently worked as a lecturer, executive director of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, freelance writer, dramatist, and writer-in-residence at the University of Waterloo. More recently he has lived in Toronto, Bangkok and Chang Mai (Thailand), Fredericton and Saint John, New Brunswick.
In volunteer capacities Cook has served the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, as chair of its charter Nova Scotia Writers’ Council; the Writers’ Union of Canada, as Chair; the League of Canadian Poets, as Treasurer, the Writers’ Development Trust, as a Board Member, and the Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (ACCESS), as its first Secretary.
Cook has performed readings in various public venues in all Canadian provinces – including at founding or inaugural meetings of several provincial writers’ organizations – as well as in Maine and Georgia, USA; England, the Netherlands, and Germany, the latter during a six-month stay in Europe to trace his father’s last footsteps in World War II for Love in Flight (1985).
Current projects include Songs of the Wounded and other notes, his sixth book of poems; One Heart, One Way, a biography of Canadian poet Alden Nowlan (1933-1983); Breaking Silence, a collection of memoirs by Canadian Children of the War Dead, and an anthology of Canadian poems about war.
Songs of the Wounded (OUT OF PRINT)