Spokane Poet Laureate Event: Chris Cook featuring Mark Anderson
Please join us for a very special event celebrating Spokane's new poet laureate, Chris Cook. Current poet laureate Mark Anderson will pass the torch to Chris by reading from his own work. Readings from representatives from several Spokane area poetry organizations will also be featured. Chris has been hosting 3 Minute Mic, Auntie's open mic poetry night for six years. Auntie's is delighted (but not surprised!) that Chris has been selected for this honor.
About Chris Cook:
Chris Cook’s first collection of poetry, The View from the Broken Mic, was published in 2012 (Gray Dog Press). Additional work has been published by Sage Hill Press, Scablands Books, and The Spokesman-Review. His children’s poetry has been published by Little, Brown Books, Meadowbrook Press, and Scholastic Press. His latest collection, Damn Good Cookie, was released in 2016 by Korrektiv Press.
Chris competed in the 2013 and 2014 National Poetry Slam, and was the winner of the Limerick Slam at the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam. He’s also the host of 3 Minute Mic, Auntie’s Bookstore’s poetry open mic, and he co-hosts Broken Mic, Spokane’s longest-running poetry open mic.
When not writing, Chris plays trumpet in the Spokane Symphony and teaches music at Gonzaga University. He has toured the U.S. and Europe as a professional yo-yo demonstrator, and was once a nationally ranked foosball player.