Alicia is someone you pay attention to, because you just know that whatever she is creating, and putting out into the world, is going to change a life. – Megan Lawrence, Founder, Healing Hopefuls
Alicia Cook is an established writer and award-winning activist from New Jersey. She has been featured in the NY Post, CNN, Asbury Park Press, Teen Vogue, Bustle, American Songwriter Magazine, and the LA Times. Cook contributes regularly to the HuffPost, USA Today, and thrive. Her best-selling book of poetry, “Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately“, was a finalist in the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards. Cook announced her next book of poetry, “I Hope My Voice Doesn’t Skip,” will be released through Andrews McMeel Publishing in June of 2018.
The recipient of the Special Voices Award (NJTV, Trenton), her essay series exploring the direct impact addiction has on not only the user, but the family, “The Other Side of Addiction“, has gained a worldwide readership. Her efforts to combat the heroin epidemic, which include writing, appearing on podcasts, and speaking to students and their parents, caught the attention of PBS Executive Producer, Steve Rogers, who created an episode of his Emmy-nominated documentary series, “Here’s the Story” around Cook and her efforts entitled “A Family Disease.” The episode was dedicated to Cook’s cousin, Jessica, who passed away from a drug overdose in 2006. It has gone on to be officially selected in numerous film festivals across New Jersey.
A prolific visionary for humanitarian nonfiction and poetry, [Alicia] believes in the healing nature of writing for herself and her readers. Her work is therefore an even blend of escapism and altruism.- Billy Anania, APP