Laura Cok

Writer & Editor

About Me

I'm a writer and editor based in Guelph, Ontario. Originally from Northern California, I spent six years in Grand Rapids, Michigan and fifteen years in Toronto before settling in Guelph. I hold an MA in English Literature from the University of Toronto, where I won the E.J. Pratt Poetry Medal and the University of Toronto Magazine alumni poetry contest. I have been previously published widely across Canada and work in corporate communications. I won the 2020 LCP Broadsheet contest from the League of Canadian Poets. My debut poetry collection, Doubter's Hymnal, was published in summer 2019 from Mansfield Press and shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert award.


Selected Publications


"Reasons I Must Decline to Carry the Christ Child," Riddle Fence

"Judgment Day," "Weeks Later," and "High Park," The Humber Literary Review

"Cosmic Egg Hypothesis," Winner of the 2020 League of Canadian Poets Broadsheet Contest

"Sex Tourist in Thailand" and "Desire Lines," The Antigonish Review

"Cures for Loneliness," Poetry is Dead

"Somewhere between me and the desert," Winner of the University of Toronto Magazine's alumni poetry contest

"Secondly," Dalhousie Review

"Birds of Cathedrals" and "Half-cursed," The Literary Review of Canada

"Tide Over," Prairie Fire

"Paintingof a Photograph" and "Cherub," The Rusty Toque

"Early Hour" and "The Divorce," Event
"The Arsonist," Arc


"The Stranger," Existere
"Love Story," Hart House Review


"The Last Mouse," longlisted at Room

"Mother of God," The Toast


Appearances and Readings


September 6, 2020, Lit Live Reading Series at the Staircase Theatre



July 15, 2019, 7 p.m., Le Psy


July 16, 2019, 7 p.m., Monarch Tavern

November 19, 2019, 8 p.m., Art Bar Reading Series at Free Times Cafe

February 27, 2020, 8 p.m., Pivot Reading Series at the Tranzac


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