Professor K. L. Cook

Iowa, United States

Member Since: 08/27/2013

K. L. Cook is the author of three books of fiction. Last Call, a collection of linked stories chronicling three decades in the life of a West Texas family, won the inaugural Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction; a tenth-anniversary edition was published in 2013.  The Girl from Charnelle, a novel, won the Willa Award for Contemporary Fiction and was named a Southwest Book of the Year and an Editor's Choice Selection of the Historical Novel Society, among other honors. His most recent book, Love Songs for the Quarantined, won the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Three new collections of stories (Marrying Kind), poems (Lost Soliloquies), and essays on form, fiction, and influence (The Art of Disobedience) are forthcoming in fall 2019.  Cook's stories, poems, and essays have appeared widely in literary journals and magazines, including Glimmer Train, One Story, The Writer's Chronicle, Poets & Writers, The Louisville Review, Prairie Schooner, Threepenny Review, Brevity, and Shenandoah, and in various anthologies, including Best American Mystery Stories 2012, Best of the West 2011, When I Was a Loser, and Now Write: Fiction Writing Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers. He teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing and Environment Program at Iowa State University and the low-residency MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University. 



  • Marrying Kind: Stories , Ice Cube Press (November 2019)
  • The Art of Disobedience: Essays on Form, Fiction, and Influence , Ice Cube Press (December 2019)
  • Lost Soliloquies: Poems , Ice Cube Press (November 2019)
  • Love Songs for the Quarantined: Stories , Willow Springs Editions (September 2011)
  • The Girl from Charnelle: A Novel , William Morrow/Harper Perennial (October 2006)
  • Last Call: Stories (10th Anniversary Edition) , Univ. of Nebraska Press (October 2013)


  • Spokane Prize for Short Fiction(2010)
  • Willa Award for Contemporary Fiction(2007)
  • Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction(2003)
  • Western Writers of America Assocation Spur Award, Best Short Fiction (2011)


  • Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Iowa State University (August 2013 - )

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry