Transplanted from southern Ohio to the suburbs of the sun at age nine, Jayme Cook spent most of her youth wondering who thought the decision to build a city in the middle of the desert was “a good idea.” The rest of her youth was spent in books, visiting cooler climates via galvanizing plotlines and vivid settings. The monsoon seasons kept her in the Arizona long enough to earn a B.A. in English from Arizona State University, but shortly after she traded in her chancletas for wellies and headed to the United Kingdom in search of rain and higher learning.
She received both. A post-graduate degree in Creative & Media Writing from the University of Wales, Swansea and an understanding of the proverb: be careful what you wish for, because you just might get 322 days of non-stop, melatonin-stealing, soul-dampening, everyday-is-like-Sunday, Morrissey rain, the kind that makes you hate what you once loved. Armed with the new knowledge that it was not all rain she loved, only the scarce, sweet desert rain, she made pilgrimage back to Arizona and earned an M.A. in Education from Northern Arizona University and enjoys a newfound appreciate for the desert and all her follies.
She now writes and teaches, teaches and writes. Her work has appeared in Arizona Highways Magazine, Bottle Rockets, Bylines Magazine, Coyote Brings Fire, The Electric Times, and Hot Metal Press. Her teaching has appeared at Glendale Community College, Central Arizona College, and Arizona State University.