VIOLET MARSHBANKS COOK: Autobiographical Note
From “Home: Poems by Violet Marshbanks Cook,” 1982
I was born In Forks of Ivy Community, Rt. 2. Weaver-
ville, N. C., Nov. 19, 1919. I attended Shanghai School
on Jupiter Road and Flat Creek Elem. and High School
where I graduated In 1938. I graduated from Mars Hill
College where I received my A. A. Degree in 1942, and
Berea College, Berea. KY., where I received my A. B.
Degree in 1949. In 1953, I graduated from Pack Square
Beauty School in Asheville, N. C., and in 1954, I passed
the State Board Exam, in Raleigh, N. C., and received
my Cosmotology license.
In Feb., 1949, I began teaching Lang. Arts at Belmont
High School, Belmont, N. C., in Gaston Co. In the fall of
1949, I began teaching Lang. Arts at French Broad High
School, Alexander, N. C., which, in 1955, became French
Broad Elem. School where I taught for 26 years. I am
presently teaching Lang. Arts and Social Studies at Bar-
nardsville Elem. School, Barnardsville, N. C., where I
have been employed for the last seven years.
On Aug. 12, 1950, I married Clifton Cook, son of Starling
and Mettie Shelton Cook. He is employed as a deputy for
Sherriff E. Y. Ponder in Madison County, N. C.
We have two adopted daughters: Jennifer Ann Cook born
Aug. 6, 1963, who is a student at Western Academy of Hair
Design, Asheville, N. C., and Rebecca Elaine Cook (Mrs.
Scottie English) born Feb. 4, 1960, who has a daughter:
Stephanie Elaine English born Sept. 30, 1980.
[From “Foreword” to “Home: Poems by Violet Marshbanks Cook”]
I have been interested in writing ever since I
can remember. At age eight, I wrote a short story,
“Love in the Moonlight.” It was about the romance
of one of my older sisters and her beau, but when
I read it in my sister’s presence, it disappeared -
never to be heard of again.
At age ten, I wrote and directed several plays
that were acted out by “the gang.”
At age fifteen, I entered two short stories in a
“Writer’s Digest” contest. Their titles were: “The
Absent-Minded Mrs. Smith” and “Pa Goes Hay-Wire.”
Neither won anything, and from their defeat, I
guess I died a little.
All through school, I continued writing short
stories and poetry. I tucked them away in my trunk.
So writing became only a secret between my trunk
Over the years, I have written literally hundreds
of poems and songs, and in 1982 with boldness, I am
publishing my first book of poems. These poems are
a variety written at different ages, over a span of
many years reflecting many moods.
I hope you will like them all!
Violet Elaine Marshbanks Cook, 1982