Chris Cook graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music, and joined the Spokane Symphony shortly thereafter. He was a longtime member of the Spokane Falls Brass Band, touring and recording with them.
When not writing and performing poetry, Chris Cook plays trumpet in the Spokane Symphony, is the trumpet soloist at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, and teaches music at Gonzaga University.
His first collection of poetry, The View from the Broken Mic, was published in 2012. His short stories and poetry have since appeared inSpokane Shorties and Railtown Almanac. His children’s poetry has been published by Meadowbrook and Scholastic Press. His new book,Damn Good Cookie, is due out in 2015 from Korrektiv Press.
Chris represented Spokane in the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam, and at the 2013 and 2014 National Poetry Slam. He is also the host and organizer of 3 Minute Mic, Auntie’s Bookstore’s first Friday poetry open mic.
In October 2019, Spokane Arts announced that Chris Cook will serve as the new Spokane poet laureate.
In previous years, Chris spent summers touring the U.S. and Europe as a professional yo-yo demonstrator, and was at one time a nationally-ranked foosball player.
Much to the chagrin of their 4 children, Chris and his wife Kathi still act mushy in public. They enjoy checking out films, restaurants, and breweries. Kathi opts for the hard cider.