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Rebecca Cook
BA English and American Language and Literature (UTC); MA Professional Writing and Rhetoric (UTC); MFA Creative Writing, concentrations in creative nonfiction and poetry (Vermont College of Fine Arts)

Career Accomplishments

Rebecca Cook is a Bread Loaf Fiction Scholar and has published one novel, Click, (New Rivers Press) and two books of poems, The Terrible Baby (Dancing Girl Press) and I Will Not Give Over (Aldrich Press). Her essay, “Flame,”(Southeast Review), was a notable essay in the 2013 Best American Essays. She is a creative writing mentor with Creative Nonfiction magazine’s CNF mentoring program and was writer in residence at Dairy Hollow Writer’s Colony in 2005. Cook has published work in The Georgia Review, New England Review, Antioch Review, Massachusetts Review, Southeast Review, New Orleans Review, Southern Humanities Review, Spoon Review, Brain, Child, Atticus Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Gone Lawn Journal, BlazeVox, The Rumpus, Stirring, theNewerYork, and Sequestrum. New work is forthcoming in Seneca Review, Midway Journal, Split Lip, Menacing Hedge, and Map Literary.

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Rebecca's Thoughts on the UTC English Department

When I was an undergrad at UTC I loved everything about it (except math and French). Getting my BA was a dream realized. When I worked on my Masters at UTC, my life was changed in more profound ways. Working with Dr. Meagher and Dr. Rehyansky and Dr. Ingraham was challenging and frustrating and essential and affected me and affected me and will continue to affect me for the rest of my life.

And there were so many moments in all my time at UTC, moments I come back to over and over--Dr. Tinkler coming into class and hitting me in the head with a bag of nickels. Dr. Richard’s cherry bombs. Dr. Shawn’s ink on my essays nudging me forward to better and better writing. Dr. Prevost’s B—I will never get over the sting of that B! And that accent. Dr. Sanderlain’s preaching preaching preaching. How I loved that preaching. Ken Smith’s gentle instruction in fiction. Dr. Noe teaching me what no one else was teaching me—women’s literature. And Dr. Ware. No one can say enough good things about Dr. Ware. Pitching that softball. Making that chili. How furious I was each time he told a young man to remove his cap.

And then teaching at UTC for so long. Doing what I loved, will always love. Meeting so many friends. Learning so much from my students. Loving my students. My students loving me.

My time at UTC has meant the world to me.