5 pm | THURSDAY, JULY 9 *ONLINE*
Join us for a reading, booksigning, and discussion with author and former Prescott College professor, K. L. Cook. On this unique occasion, Cook will read from not one, but three of his new books all simultaneously forthcoming from Ice Cube Press.
“In Lost Soliloquies, accomplished fiction writer K. L. Cook has found, in poems, a way to give voice to a marvelous and compelling cast of characters. From Shakespearean characters unknown to Shakespeare (Lady Macbeth’s first husband) and Brabantio, Bianca, and Emilia, from Othello, speaking off-stage, to Clyde Barrow and Frank Lloyd Wright, and many anonymous American personas, all with authentic and engagingly clear voices, Cook has created an album of sketches and portraits with the power to resonate and remind his readers of their own passions, heartbreaks, and secrets.”
—Greg Pape, Former Montana Poet Laureate, author of Four Swans and American Flamingo
In his fourth book of fiction, award winning novelist and short story writer K. L. Cook explores marriage—not only to people, but to places and vocations—and how our lives are shaped by both the ideal and reality of lifelong commitments. A bride and groom discover secrets during their Vegas honeymoon and, years later, grapple with emotional and moral fissures in their relationship. A bankrupt academic flees to the Florida coast with his family and finds provisional hope in a big fish story. A 15-year-old boy sees Shakespeare’s plays in the Colorado mountains, an experience that marries him for life to the theatre. A college dean and his attorney wife face unexpected changes that force them to re-envision their understanding of home. With insight, empathy, and humor, this collection of stories examines who & what we wed and what it means to be the marrying kind.
The Art of Disobedience: Essays on Form, Fiction, and Influence.
The best art is always disobedient. The creative works that move us, compel us, provoke us, haunt us, and transform us—the works that matter most to us and that we cherish—break the rules in significant ways. Certainly, characters act out, act up, transgress, and misbehave. But the writer must also surprise, subvert, deconstruct, and engage in serious mischief, in terms of genre, form, or sensibility in order to make the familiar strange and the strange familiar. How do boundary genres—such as sudden fiction, flash-fiction, linked stories, and short story cycles—allow both reader and writer to move in liminal emotional and aesthetic spaces? Are all stories really, at heart, secrecy plots, with intricate patterns of revelation, reckoning, and recalibration? And what does it mean to be ecstatically engaged with and even haunted by artistic influences? In these essays, award-winning fiction writer K. L. Cook draws upon three decades of writing, teaching, and lecturing about creative writing to explore, from a writer’s perspective, significant issues of aesthetics, craft, form, process, influence, and what it means to spend a life in letters.
About the Author
K. L. Cook is the author of three other award-winning books of fiction, as well as numerous published stories and essays. Love Songs for the Quarantined (Willow Springs Editions), a collection of thematically linked stories, won the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction and was a Longlist Finalist for the Frank O'Connor International Story Prize. His novel, The Girl from Charnelle (William Morrow/Harper Perennial), won The Willa Award for Contemporary Fiction and was named a Southwest Book of the Year, among other honors. Cook’s first book, Last Call (Nebraska/Bison Books), a short story chronicling 3 decades in the lives of a West Texas family, won the inaugural Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction.
He is an Associate Professor of English at Iowa State University, where he teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing and Environment Program. He is also a member of the graduate faculty of Spalding University’s brief-residency MFA in Writing Program. He previously was a Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at Prescott College, where he served as the Coordinator of the Arts & Letters Program and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. He has also taught, as a professor or distinguished writer-in-residence, at St. Lawrence University, College of Charleston, Wichita State University's MFA Program, University of Oklahoma’s OSLEP Program, and Our Lady of the Lake University. Born and raised in Texas, he now lives with his wife, the playwright and poet Charissa Menefee, and their children, in Ames, IA.