by George J. Dance


Matt Cook. Courtesy Milwaukee Record.

Matt Cook (born 1969)[1] is an American poet.


Cook grew up in Boulder, Colorado. He began writing poetry as a teenager.[2]

He earned an M.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he studied poetry under Jim Hazard and James Liddy,[2] and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Memphis.[3]

He is the author of 5 collections of poetry.[4]

His work has been anthologized in Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poet's Café, The United States of Poetry, and Garrison Keillor's Good Poems, American Places.[5]


Cook was appointed Poet Laureate of Milwaukee in April 2015 for a 2-year term.[3]



  • In the Small of My Backyard. San Francisco: Manic D Press, 2002.
  • Eavesdrop Soup. San Francisco: Manic D Press, 2005.
  • The Unreasonable Slug. San Francisco: Manic D Press, 2007.
  • Proving Nothing to Anyone. Baltimore, MD: Publishing Genius Press, 2013.
  • Irksome Particulars (prose poems). Atlanta, GA: Publishing Genius Press, 2017.
"James Joyce" by Matt Cook (3 17 PM)

"James Joyce" by Matt Cook (3 17 PM)

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[4]

See alsoEdit



  1. Cook, Matt, 1969-, VIAF, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, June 8, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Molly Snyder, Milwaukee Talks: Poet Laureate Matt Cook, On Milwaukee. Web, April 25, 2016. Web, June 5, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jim Higgins, " Matt Cook named Milwaukee's next poet laureate," Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, April 17, 2015. Web, June 5, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Search results = au:Matt Cook 1969, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, June 6, 2018.
  5. Matt Cook, Woodland Pattern Book Center. Web, June 5, 2018.

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