A Canadian poet, novelist, and short story writer, Hugh Cook has had poems and short stories appear in journals including Quarry, Canadian Poetry, Fiddlehead, Folio, Descant, and the Antigonish Review. Cook’s books include Cracked Wheat and Other Stories, The Homecoming Man, and Home in Alfalfa, which won first prize for fiction in both the Word Guild of Canada Awards and City of Hamilton Book Awards in 1998. It has been adapted for stage and premiered at Redeemer University College in 2007. Cook’s most recent book is Heron River.
Born in the Hague, the Netherlands, Cook and his family immigrated to Canada in 1950. He earned an MA from Simon Fraser University and an MFA from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.
In 1997, the Word Guild of Canada awarded Cook the Leslie K. Tarr Award in recognition of a major career contribution to Christian writing and publishing in Canada. Cook is emeritus professor of English at Redeemer University College, where he taught literature and creative writing for more than two decades. Cook lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where he spends most of his time writing.