Hugh Cook was born in The Hague, The Netherlands. His family emigrated to Canada in 1950. Cook earned an M.A. from Simon Fraser University and an M.F.A. from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. His first literary output consisted of poems published in Canadian literary journals such as Quarry, Canadian Poetry, The Canadian Forum, Folio, and The University of Windsor Review. His stories have appeared in literary journals such as The Malahat Review, NeWest ReView, Wascana Review, Descant, Fiddlehead, and The Antigonish Review. Cook is emeritus professor of English at Redeemer University College.