David Mook

Part-time Faculty

(802) 468-1430
Leavenworth Hall


David retired early from a successful business career to pursue a path of learning and creativity. He earned both a B.A. in English and an M.F.A. in Writing after age 50. David began teaching at Castleton in 2005. He comes to teaching as a poet and writer whose entrepreneurial skills and experience also serve him well in the classroom. He has organized poetry events such as "Poets for Peace" and community "Favorite Poem" readings, as well as seminars on poets such as Rilke, Rumi, and Yeats. He has been a featured reader at colleges, libraries, bookstores and other venues from Vermont to Florida. David leads poetry writing workshops and has presented at conferences including the Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology. He has served as a judge in the high school "Poetry Out Loud" competition, and is enthusiastic about helping students find and develop their voices in both writing and speech.


M.F.A., Vermont College of Norwich University
B.A., Beaver College (Arcadia University)


  • EACH LEAF, Poetry and Essays, Free Wheeling Press, 1999.
  • "Fishing" - Notable Essay - 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, Schuylkill Valley Journal, and several anthologies.
  • Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, Second Prize, 2005.
  • Sarah Mook Poetry Contest for students in grades K-12