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Laura Cok

Writer & Editor
About Me

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


"Like Clockwork," Malahat Review, Notable in Best Canadian Poetry 2024

"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 Muck," The Windsor Review

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


"Knit Into Being," Sharp Notions, ed. Nancy Lee and Marita Dachsel, Arsenal Pulp Press, September 2023

"Series Re-Read: The Nature of the Beast,", March 2023 

"Ten Things," Today's Parent

"The Last Mouse," longlisted at Room

"Mother of God," The Toast

Appearances and Readings

Appearances and Readings




April 22, 2022, Wellington Country Writers Festival, Wellington Archives


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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