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Edith Cook


First Language(s): German
Second Language(s): English, French, Spanish


Edith worked as a translator before emigrating to California. She has taught at several colleges and universities; in Wyoming, she has been a recipient of the Wyoming Arts Council’s Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her work has appeared in various anthologies and literary magazines, in print and online. Her poetry chapbook, A Slip of the Tongue, was published by Graham Press in California.


What was your favorite book as a child?

My childhood home held no books. When I was ten I was lucky to attend a Gymnasium for four years, and my English and French Readers became favorite books. In 1955, on the 150th date of death of Friedrich Schiller, the Deutsche Schillergesellschaft published the writer’s collected works (more than 1100 densely scripted pages), bound in cloth. My school made the volume available for about $1.50 and my parents allowed me to purchase a copy. I was fourteen, and I have it to this day.

Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?

As a young married woman I wrote poetry to deal with life’s ups and downs. Also in California, I published a chapbook of poetry. This naturally led to my expansive writing, both fiction and CNF.

What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?

Leaving my home country and emigrating to the USA (California) was the most daring feature of my young life.

Do you listen to music while reading or writing?

I listen to performances of classical guitar music. I love and play classical guitar myself.


Oxygen, ah Oxygen!
Issue Spring '22

Supported by:

Land Steiermark: Kultur, Europa, Außenbeziehungen
U.S. Embassy Vienna
Stadt Graz