Wyoming Arts Council


Edith Cook was born and raised in Germany, where she worked as a translator before immigrating to the United States. She married in California, raised three boys, and functioned as chief cook and bottle washer in her husband’s law office. Later she taught at colleges and universities in California, South Dakota, and Tennessee.

A resident of Wyoming since 2005, Cook is an active participant with the Cheyenne Guitar Society (CGS), Wyoming Writers, Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne (UUCC), Slater Women, and Wyoming Women in Agriculture (WYWIA). Her “Windy Acres” appeared recently in an anthology of Wyoming Writers. She has presented classical guitar pieces and vocals with guitar at a number of venues like CGS and UUCC. Her work has appeared in Sing! Heavenly Muse; in Lit Up’s Anthology of Short Stories, and in Issue # 5 of the online literary journal Cagibi, https://cagibilit.com/. Her poetry chapbook, "A Slip of the Tongue," was published by Graham Press in California. From 2011 to 2017 she wrote weekly newspaper columns for Wyoming’s two main newspapers. Some of these are posted, along with selected fiction and creative nonfiction works, on her website. She is a recipient of the Wyoming Arts Council’s Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. On May 26, 2019, she was a guest lecturer at UUCC. During June 2019 she is taught a class in creative writing on Sundays after UUCC services.

The images below depict the following: 1) "Wyoming Snakes" essay published June 2019. 2) Presenting a female vocalist's rendition of Bob Nolan's "Cool Water" at UUCC, March 2019. 3) Playing Teleman with Russ Williams and Bill Bailey at CGS. 4) With Cousin Edith, visiting from Germany, singing "Die Schwarzwaldmühle." 5) Playing "Sakura" ("Cherry Blossoms") on guitar, celebrating a visit with Tokyo friends. 6) Ageless Authors Anthology. In summer 2020 I will be offering workshops on Ageless Authors at Wyoming Writers Conference, at Platte County Library in Wheatland, and at Unitarian Universalist Church in Cheyenne. Essays and recordings, see links below.