DAVID MOOK began writing poetry after the sudden death of his eight-year-old daughter, Sarah, who began writing her poems while in kindergarten. Inspired by Sarah’s poems, David earned an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. His first book of poems, Each Leaf, includes poems written by Sarah, as well as an essay, “Fishing,” recognized as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2000. Poems have appeared in numerous publications including Bereavement magazine, Birchsong: Poetry Centered in Vermont, Dogwood, Ellipsis, Friends Journal, Passager, Paterson Literary Review, and several anthologies. David sponsors the Sarah Mook Poetry Contest open to students in grades K-12 www.sarahmookpoetrycontest.com