I Will Not Give Over

I Will Not Give Over

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Rebecca Cook grew up on a farm, rolling in the pasture with her dogs, watching the fairies flying through the woods from tree to tree, and reading books, lots of books. She wrote her first story in her diary, green with lock and key. When she was eleven, her teacher, Mrs. Gearheart, read e. e. cummings’ “In Just—,” to the class, and her brain exploded with fire. She began to write poems—poems and poems and poems. She has been doing this ever since.

Now she writes poetry and prose and has published in many literary journals including Georgia Review, New England Review, Massachusetts Review, Antioch Review, diode, Pank, Southeast Review, Grist, Plume, Sliver of Stone, Atticus Review, The Cortland Review, and many others. She was a Bread Loaf Scholar in 2009. and her essay, “Flame,” was chosen as a notable essay for the 2013 Best American Essays. In 2006, Dancing Girl Press published her chapbook, The Terrible Baby.

She holds BA and MA degrees in English from UT Chattanooga, and an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has two grown boys, a dog, a cat, and the most marvelous of husbands. She blogs at godlikepoet.com.

Paperback: 76 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books/Aldrich Press (November 28, 2013)