Cook, Gregory, A., 1950-

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Gregory Cook was born in 1942 in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia. In 1958, he began attending Acadia University. He became involved in editing The Athenaeum, the student newspaper, and then founded and edited Amethyst, a student literary quarterly. Cook graduated in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts in English but remained at Acadia University to edit Amethyst until 1964. Through his work with Amethyst he had begun a correspondence with many Canadian writers including Ernest Buckler, Alden Nowlan and Irving Layton. Upon leaving Acadia University in 1964, he founded and edited The Crier, a magazine that focused on the arts from a Maritime perspective. The Crier was short-lived, lasting only four issues. Next, in 1964, Cook formed Crier Publications Ltd., a publishing company that did numerous printing jobs for many Nova Scotia organizations such as Acadia and Neptune Theatre. In 1966 Cook returned to Acadia University where he completed his Masters in English, writing his thesis on Ernest Buckler. Several years later, he was hired as a lecturer in the English Department at Acadia University. In 1972, he edited the book Critical Views of Canadian Writers: Ernest Buckler. In the 1970's he also worked as a freelance journalist and had articles published in Maclean's and The Atlantic Advocate. In the late 1970's he served as Executive Director of the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia. Gregory Cook continues to work as a reporter, freelance writer and lecturer. His poems have been published as books, in numerous periodicals and broadcast on CBC radio. He is a member of Writers' Union of Canada, The League of Canadian Poets, and the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick and honorary member of the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia.


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