Alicia Cook is the curly-haired human behind 2016’s bestselling book of poetry, Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately, 2018’s I Hope My Voice Doesn’t Skip, and 2020’s Sorry I Haven’t Texted You Back. She has contributed personal essays to 2019’s [Dis]Connected: Poems & Stories of Connection and Otherwise and 2022’s New Jersey Fan Club: Artists and Writers Celebrate the Garden State.
Cook dedicates much of her life to shedding light on how drug addiction impacts the mental health of families. She released a collection of essays on the topic entitled Heroin Is The Worst Thing To Ever Happen To Me. An essayist and speaker, her activism to fight the opioid epidemic is far-reaching and has garnered a worldwide readership, and her very own episode on the Emmy-nominated PBS series Here’s the Story. Her writing on addiction has appeared in the Asbury Park Press, LA Times, HuffPost, Your Tango, Thrive, and more.
She was the recipient of 2017’s Everyday Hero award from NJTV and 2018’s Women with Voices award from the Women with Voices Foundation. She was named a 2019 Healthcare Hero finalist by NJBiz. Her magazine writing in higher education earned her three MarCom awards and one Communicator award. Her songwriting has been recognized by American Songwriter Magazine (4x honorable mention). Her alma mater, Georgian Court University, recently named her its Distinguished Alumni of the Year (2020). She was a Commencement Speaker at Georgian Court’s 2021 commencement.
She received an MBA from Saint Peter’s University and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Georgian Court University. She currently resides in Newark, NJ, and loves her family and iced coffee.