Corinna Cook

Education | University Teaching Experience | Other Experience | Book | Essays, Creative Nonfiction | Critical Publications | Creative Collaborations | Presentations | Writing About Pedagogy | Awards/Distinctions | Service | Training and Certificates | Foreign Language


Ph.D., English and Creative Writing, University of Missouri, May 2018
Concentrations: Creative Nonfiction, Lyric Essay, Literary Journalism, Posthumanist Theory, Place Writing, Contemporary Indigenous Prose, Northern Indigenous Cinema 
Dissertation: “Leavetakings” 

M.A., Northern Studies and Indigenous Literature, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2011
Concentrations: Traditional Oral Narratives of Alaska and Canada, Creative Nonfiction
Thesis: “Letters as Literature: Semantic and Discursive Features of Irony in Letters to Howard

B.A., Environmental Analysis and Environmental Ethics, Pomona College, 2007
Concentrations: Ethics, Cultural Anthropology, Contemporary Continental Jewish Philosophy
Thesis: “Excavating Perspectives on Pebble Mine: the Shape of Discourse on a Potential Open-Pit Copper and Gold Mine in Southwestern Alaska”

University Teaching Experience

Creative Nonfiction Guest Faculty, Stories North, a Truth and Reconciliation experiential learning initiative from the Carleton University School of Journalism, June – July 2019

Graduate Instructor, English Department, University of Missouri, August 2013-2018
Instructor of record. Created syllabi and reading lists; designed and graded all assignments:
Intermediate Creative Writing: Nonfiction (2 sections)
Introduction to Creative Writing: Nonfiction (2 sections)
Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction (1 section)
Introduction to Film Studies and Analysis (2 sections)
Survey of American Literature (1 section)
World Literature (1 section): Course titled “Human, Animal, & Humanimal”
Composition: Exposition and Argumentation (9 in-person sections; 2 online sections) Course titles include “Sense of Place,” “Experiences of Race in America,” and “Mass Incarceration in the Land of the Free”

Teaching Assistant, History Dept., University of Alaska Fairbanks, August 2009 – May 2011
Writing mentor, substitute lecturer, and discussion leader for Modern Scandinavian History

Other Experience

Community Creative Writing Workshops:
“Lyric Histories,” Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU, February-March 2021
“Explorations in the Literary Essay,” 49 Writers, February 2021 
“Creative Nonfiction and Lived Experiences of Power,” University of Alaska Southeast, Power and Privilege Symposium, November 2020
“A Mapmaker’s Pen,” Anchorage Museum, October 2020

Fulbright Fellow / Independent Researcher, August 2018 – July 2019
Yukon College Division of Applied Arts, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada 
Project Title: Moveable Bridges | Writing From Art in the Changing North

Editorial Assistant, Journal of English Linguistics, September 2015 – January 2018

Adult Basic Education/GED English Instructor, Fairbanks, Alaska May 2011 – September 2012


Leavetakings. Essay collection with University of Alaska Press. November 2020.

Essays, Creative Nonfiction

“The Government Sign.” Wheels on Ice, a Bicycling Essay Anthology. Forthcoming.

“Fluid Places.” Chatter Marks. Anchorage Museum. Issue 2. October 2020.

“The Far Places.” Edible Alaska. Issue 19. June 2020.

“A Fabric’s Entirety.” Artists of Alaska, Rasmuson Foundation and 49 Writers. February 2020.

“Bird Cries and Saxophone Sounds.” Artists of Alaska, Rasmuson Foundation and 49 Writers. February 2020.

“Cartographic Convergences.” Yukon North of Ordinary. February 2020.

“The Whole Body Carves.” Artists of Alaska, Rasmuson Foundation and 49 Writers. January 2020.

“Black Spruce.” Alaska Magazine. November 2019.

“Points of Reference.” After the Art. Issue 3. June 2019.

“Dispatches From the Yukon,” four invited installations for Assay, In the Classroom Blog Series:
“Dispatch Four: Textual Research.” June 2019.
“Dispatch Three: Ekphrastic Cartography.” March 2019.
“Dispatch Two: Deep Research.” January 2019. 
“Dispatch One: Writing from Art.” November 2018.

“The Cut.” Ocean State Review. November 2018.

“Her Success.” Animal Literary Magazine. December 2017.

“How it Was Then/Shells, Thin.” Tammy Journal. December 2016.

 “The Funeral.” Nowhere Travel Magazine. June 2016. Also selected for inclusion Nowhere First Edition Print Annual, 2017.

“Autumn’s Daisy Bell.” Outside In: Literary & Travel Magazine. Issue 11. Anthologized in Whereabouts: Stepping Out of Place. 2Leaf Press: New York. 2013.

“Confetti.” Alaska Quarterly Review. Volume 30, Nos 3 & 4. University of Alaska Anchorage. Fall & Winter 2013.

“Tending to Bread.” Flyway – Journal of Writing and Environment. Volume 14, Issue 2. Iowa State University. Spring 2012.

Freelance Publications and Book Reviews

“Species, Families + Faultlines: Alaskan Inupiaq Poet Marie Tozier’s Open the Dark.” April 2021.

“Coloratura, Cabaletta, Cadenza.” Artists of Alaska, Rasmuson Foundation and 49 Writers. Forthcoming 2021.

“A Clockwork for the Land in Beth Peterson’s ‘Cairns.’ ” Essay Daily’s Essay Advent Calendar. December 2020.

Under Nushagak Bluff and the Shadow of Pandemic in Alaska Literature: Review of Mia C. Heavener’s Debut Novel.” Denali Sunrise Publications. September 2020.

“Just to the Side: Reflections on a New Native Novel and Alaska’s Epidemic History.” Anchorage Press. April 2020.

“A Fabric’s Entirety.” Artists of Alaska, Rasmuson Foundation and 49 Writers. February 2020. 

“Bird Cries and Saxophone Sounds.” Artists of Alaska, Rasmuson Foundation and 49 Writers. February 2020.

“Cartographic Convergences: Makers of the Kohklux Map.” Magazine feature in Yukon North of Ordinary. February 2020.

“The Whole Body Carves.” Artists of Alaska, Rasmuson Foundation and 49 Writers. January 2020.

Critical Publications

“Listening the Lyric Essay.” New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing. July 2018.

“Documentation and Myth: On Daniel Janke’s How People Got Fire.” Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. March 2018.

“Nonfiction as Lens.” Brevity. Summer 2016.

“Eating Our Neighbors: Giorgio Agamben, Animality, and Essaying North.” Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. Special Issue 2015.

Creative Collaborations

Boreal Forest Stories, In a Time of Change (ITOC), an eighteen-month NEH-funded science and arts collaboration affiliated with University of Alaska Fairbanks, November 2020 – May 2022.

Circumpolar Duet | Singular Plurality. A twenty-artist ekphrastic collaboration. Gallery exhibit at Yukon Artists at Work in Whitehorse, Yukon, December-January 2020. Book Compilation, January 2020.

 “Upstreams | Live Poetry, Live Prose.” 2018-2019 literary collaboration with poet Jeremy Pataky. Public reading and co-performance in Whitehorse, Yukon, June 2019.


“Ekphrasis: Art in Conversation.” Panelist. Get Lit! Festival. Digital event. April 2021.

Leavetakings: Debut Book Launch.” Speaker, in conversation with Peggy Shumaker. Digital Event. November 2020.

“Women Writing the Natural World.” Panelist. Author discussion for Alaska Book Week. Digital event. October 2020.

“Book Launch for Mostly Water by Mary Odden.” Panelist. Red Hen Press and Homer Bookstore. Digital event. June 2020. 

“Storytelling, Survival, and Character.” Moderator for 49 Writers’ NEA Big Read Keynote with authors Ishmael Angaluuk Hope and Don Rearden. Juneau, Alaska. October 2019.

“Upstreams | Live Poetry, Live Prose.” Public reading and co-performance with poet Jeremy Pataky. Whitehorse, Yukon. June 2019.

“The Sound-Centered Essay.” Panel Chair/Organizer. Invited to present at the NonfictioNow conference in Phoenix, Arizona, November 2018.

 “Humans, Animals, and the ‘Ancient Animal’ in Nonlinear Time.” Paper presented at the Native American Literature Symposium, Prior Lake, Minnesota. March 2018.

“Ancient Animals: Humans, Animals, and Temporality in Northern Indigenous Cinema.” Paper presented at the Works in Progress event for the University of Missouri English Department New Student Welcome Day. March 2017.

“Close Reading as a Bridge for Difficult Dialogues (and a wee bit of grading).” Panel and roundtable discussion presented at the Celebration of Writing and Teaching at the University of Missouri. May 2016.

“Eating Our Neighbors: Giorgio Agamben, Animality, and Essaying North.” Paper presented at the NonfictioNow conference, University of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff. October 2015.

“Charting Uncertainty: How We Find Meaning Through Unknowing.” Reading and roundtable discussion presented at the NonfictioNow conference, University of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff. October 2015.

“Nonfiction Surrealities: Anthropology, Philosophy, and Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.” Paper presented at Intersections: A Graduate Student Critical Reading Series, University of Missouri. November 2014.

 “From the Margins into the Current: Ironic Literature as an Entry Into Alaska’s Land Claims Dispute.” Paper presented at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) Symposium, University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. June 2012.

Writing About Pedagogy

“Try an ‘I’: Essayistic Narration for Journalists.” Invited guest writer for Pedagogy & American Literary Studies Blog. November 2019.

“Comminglings of Law and Literature: Literary Approaches to Yukon’s Indigenous Land Claims.” Invited guest writer for Pedagogy & American Literary Studies Blog. March 2019.

Contributing Writer for Pedagogy & American Literary Studies Blog, 2016-2018. Titles include:
“José Orduña and the Contemporary Ekphrastic Essay.” April 2018.
“The Retrospective Essay.” December 2017.
“Human, Animal, Humanimal, and Making Lit Crit Count.” September 2017.
“Exploring Forms of the Essay / Mapping Nonfiction in America.” April 2017.
“Bookending the American Literature Survey Course with Native American Literature.” “Part One: Oral Cultures.” November 2016. “Part Two: Contemporary Fiction.” February 2017.
“Signature Stories: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Teaching Personal Narrative.” August 2016.


Alaska Press Club Award, first place in Arts and Culture Criticism for 2020

Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Project Award, 2020

Fulbright Fellowship/Independent Research Award, 2018-2019

Alaska Literary Award, AK State Council on the Arts/AK Arts and Culture Foundation, 2018

Professional Presentation Award, University of Missouri Office of Graduate Studies, spring 2018

Travel Grant, University of Missouri English Dept., awarded twice: summer 2017, spring 2018

Creative Writing Program Prize in Creative Nonfiction, University of Missouri, 2017

Professional Development Grant, University of Missouri Graduate Professional Council, 2015

Travel Grant, University of Missouri Graduate Student Association, 2015

New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College—full scholarship, 2015

Kleinfeld Award/grant for Academic Excellence, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2011

Departmental Honors on senior thesis, Pomona College, 2007

Cecil H. Short Award/grant for four years of musical performance, Pomona College, 2007

Schulz Environmental Award—thesis research grant, Pomona College, 2006

Pomona College Scholar—academic recognition, Pomona College, 2004


Judge, “Poetry Out Loud,” statewide high school poetry recitation competition, February 2021

Judge, “Poetry Out Loud,” statewide high school poetry recitation competition, March 2020

Chair, Program Subcommittee of “Kohklux at 150” Conference Organizing Committee (partnership between Yukon First Nations and the Yukon Historical and Museums Association), February 2019 – November 2019

Guest Lecturer, Prof. Drew Lyness’ Northern Indigenous Literature course, 2019

Contest Judge, Kerr Award for best undergraduate creative nonfiction, 2018

Poet Coach and Community Listener, Columbia Public Schools literary appreciation event, 2018

Visiting Writer and Guest Lecturer, Prof. Julija Šukys’ Advanced Nonfiction seminar, 2018

Graduate Student Mentor, MU English Mentor Program, Fall/Spring 2017-2018 & 2015-2016

Creative Writing Committee Co-Chair, Fall/Spring 2016-2017

Reader for Drunken Boat’s Special Folio “Leaving Home, Coming Home,” Winter 2016

Stage Crew, Visiting Writers Series, February 2016

Career Panelist, Post-Collegiate Experiences and Humanities Careers Panel, November 2015

English Department Representative, MU Graduate Student Association, Fall/Spring 2014-2015

Literary Journal Representative, The Missouri Review, AWP Conference, 2014

Simultaneous interpreter (French>English) for panels, presentations, and Q & A sessions at the second annual European Social Forum in Paris, France, 2003

Training and Certificates

Tutka Bay Writers’ Retreat, 49 Writers course taught by Paul Lisicky. Completed August 2019.

Yukon First Nations History 101, Yukon College. Certificate awarded July 2019.

Working with Trauma, Northern Institute for Social Justice. Certificate awarded October 2018.

Foreign Language

Fluent in French

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