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K.L. (Kenny) Cook

A native Texan, K. L. Cook grew up in Houston, Dallas, the Texas Panhandle, and Las Vegas. Cook's collection of linked stories, Last Call, spanning three generations in the life of one West Texas family, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction (University of Nebraska Press 2004). His stories, essays, and poetry have appeared in over thirty literary journals, magazines, and newspapers, including American Short Fiction, The Threepenny Review, Harvard Review, Colorado Review, Puerto del Sol, Post Road, Denver Quarterly, Shenandoah, Alligator Juniper, Writer's Forum, and Witness. Awards for his fiction include the 2002 Grand Prize for the Santa Fe Writers' Project Literary Arts series, an Arizona Commission on the Arts fellowship for fiction, two Pushcart Prize nominations, and artist colony fellowships to The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and Blue Mountain Center. He was also a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference and the winner of a City of Charleston Literary Arts Award.

He completed his BA in English and theatre at West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M), his MA in literature from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and his MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College. Since 1992, he has been on the faculty at Prescott College-a liberal arts college with a strong environmental and social justice mission-teaching such courses as Short Story Cycle, Sudden Fiction, Contemporary Short Fiction, Forms of Fiction, Shakespeare, Literature as Experience, Family Systems in Film and Literature, Literature of the American Dream, The American West in Film and Literature, Creative Nonfiction and Travel Writing. He also served five years as the chair of the Arts & Letters Program and co-coordinator of The Southwest Writers' Series. Since 2002, he has been the associate dean of Prescott College. He lives with his wife, the playwright Charissa Menefee, and their four children in Prescott, Arizona.

Visit K. L.'s website (available August '04) at www.klcook.net

Praise for K. L. Cook's Last Call:

"The stories in Last Call are about fractured families, lovers and losers (often one and the same), and coming of age the hard way. Cook writes with ease and naturalness and a wonderful, sorrowful knowledge of human foibles."
-National Book Award finalist Jean Thompson, author of Who Do You Love

"The stories in Last Call are so entertaining it seems almost unfair that they also resonate powerfully long after you've put down the book. K. L. Cook has whopping gifts, and this is a splendid book."
-Award-winning novelist Robert Boswell, author of Century's Son

"Last Call is a terrific first book. K. L. Cook starts with the pungent inventory of country-western songs but lights it all, even his honky-tonks, fried food, downed trees, sick dogs and rain, with a new understanding of men and women. These are rich stories by an exciting new voice."
-Award-winning fiction writer Ron Carlson, author of A Kind of Flying
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