About L. Marie Cook

L. MARIE COOK is a musician, author, and artist.

She plays both the acoustic and electric ukulele, and keyboard/piano. The WILD HEARTS EP is her 9th studio release and solo debut. Combining her reggae roots with 90s art-pop and alternative influences the WILD HEARTS EP creates an atmosphere of stormy emotion as breathtaking and dynamic as the ocean itself. Her poetic, nature-inspired imagery and smoky, island vocals will carry you to the coasts and lead you through the woods of all your favorite sacred places to the beat of a reggae snare.

L. Marie Cook got her professional start as the front-runner and main songwriter for SheGo! (2005-2009) a Reggae-Rocksteady band based out of Hilo, Hawaii, releasing a full length self-titled album. In 2009 she moved to Los Angeles and after a fateful meeting with Kent Hertz (Steve Miller Band) and LaniaKea Cleary (Backstreet Boys) she helped create the electronic rock  band, SlowStart (2010-2013) releasing a self-titled EP and two music videos. Later L. Marie and Laniakea formed Luv Maschine, an electronic-dance duo (2013-2015) where they self-produced and released “Killin’ Em” EP and  two singles “Polaroid Dreams” and  “Badonk-a-Donk” (Hookisonic)  which rose to #7 on Beatport's Hip-Hop charts.  With the help of Shane Black (Leathal Weapon, The Nice Guys, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) Luv Maschine produced a major-production music video for the self-titled single Killin’ Em.

In 2019,  L. Marie Cook collaborated with Agent Jay (the Slackers) lending voacls for the song “Soft Landing” for his Crazy Baldhead release “Go Oasis.” She has also collborated with DJ/Producer Michaelis; the reggae inspired “Boom-er-rang” and the house-downtempo, “Believe in Me” in 2015.

Her published works include Not Crazy, Crying Out (Poems 2018),  It's Just What Comes Out of Me (Poems 2017), Boton Halk and Other Erotic Stories (2016) and Lay Me Down (2011) a memoir which took First Prize in the Wild Card Division of the 2012 Los Angeles Book Festival and Honorable Mention at the 2012 Hollywood Book Festival. Writer's Digest dubbed it a "No-holds barred portrait of a troubled but resilient girl/woman."  Kirkus called it "An entertaining, cheeky and simple memoir of a rouge teenage girl." She is the editor of a women’s anthology, Wild Women’s Medicine Circle (2017). She has a forthcoming novel, Vagabond Lover and the Gypsy Tears. Her writing can be found on Rat's Ass Review, The Legendary, Airplane Reading, and Guerilla Reads.  

As a visual artist L. Marie Cook specializes in mixed media, working mostly in collage, charcoal and acrylic. She will often incorporate her poetry and writing into her work and uses many of her pieces as the cover-art for her books.

She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. 


2009               University of Hawaii at Hilo, B.A.- Communication and Mass Media- Hilo, HI
2004               Alexander W. Dryfoos School of the Arts,  West Palm Beach, FL

2018              The Arts Student League, Anatomical Drawing from Life, Sherry Camhy, New York, New York
                      The Compleat Sculptor, Casting Overview , New York, New York, Sarah
2016              Algonkian NYC Pitch Conference, Marketing and Publishing, Susan Breen, New York, New York
2015              Bali Center for Artistic Creativity, Artist in Residence (Spring Season), (Abstract, Color Theory, Mixed Media, Wet on Wet, Oil ), Bruce Sherrat , Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
                      Life Drawing Montmartre, Drawing from Life/Anatomy  (Fall Session), M. Kuzma-Kuzniarska PhD., Paris FR
                      Sackett Street Writer’s Workshop, Creative Non-Fiction, Spring Session, Brian Gresko, Brooklyn, New York
2010-2013    Writer’s Workshops Los Angeles, Creative Non-Fiction, Chris Daley PhD, Los Angeles, CA


2018              The Future of Sex w/LIPS exhibit, Model- Body Casting, Marc Fields (The Compleat Sculptor) New York, New York (AUG. 21 2018)

2017              Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park- Website re-design- Wordpress,
New York, New York

2015              Ink. Paper. Plate- Figure Drawing Monitor, Studio Assistant, Sirima Sataman, Pt. Reyes, CA
H. Walker- Private Commission, Mixed Media on Canvas, 48” x 36”, Melbourne, Australia
                      K. Lloyd - Private Commission, Mixed Media on Canvas, 24” x 36, Los Angeles, CA
                      A. S.- Private Commissioned Mural, exterior acrylic, 25’ x 10’,  Taubmans Sponsorship, Venus Bay, Australia
2014              MTV,  “Awkward” Commissioned Mural/Scenic design, Mixed Media, 20’ x 30’  Los Angeles, CA
Photoshoot Project Los Angeles, Model, Los Angeles, CA
                      South End Wine Bar, Multiple Private Commissions, custom designed, hand-poured candles in recycled wine bottles, Mario Vallera, Venice, CA
                      Bar Toscana, Private Commission, (40) custom hand-poured candles in recycled wine bottles, Los Angeles, CA
A. F. – Private Commission, Nude Portraits Drawings (2), Charcoal on Paper, 48” x 36, Los Angeles, CA
2013              D. L. Calabrese, Model for photography, Los Angeles, CA
                      M. Abruscato, Private Commission, (50) custom center pieces, , custom-made hand-poured candles in mason jars with handmade paper, linocut print lables, and Wooden hand-bound guestbook, Los Angeles, CA
2012              B. Engler PhD, Copyedit, “Libido”  Los Angeles, CA
                      FOOD + LAB, Copywriting, packaging, Nino Mier, Los Angeles, CA
2011              SMLXL Supply Co, Copy writing, Fashion Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA
                      Best Friends Animal Society, “Swatch Steals the Show on Project Runway,” online
2010              Kole Imports, Marketing Manager, Carson, CA
2008              Ke Kalahea, Arts and Culture Editor, (photographer) Hilo, HI
2003              Peter Pan, Wardrobe Dept. Costume Mistress, Dryfoos School of the Arts  Theatre, West Palm Beach, FL
2002              Macy’s Spring Preview Fashion Show, Wardrobe Assistant, Miami Beach, FL
                      Zombie Prom, Pompano Beach Playhouse, P. Williams, Pompano Beach, FL
2001              The Wiz, Wardrobe Dept., Dryfoos School of the Arts Theatre, West Palm Beach, FL

2016             Trupal Pandya- plaque copy, artist statement, photo narratives, Solo exhibition for Trupal Pandya, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York
2014              Bad Manners – Solo Exhibition, Asylum, Los Angeles, CA

2018              Not Crazy, Crying Out, (Poetry) Amazon Publishing
                      The Legendary,  (Poems) “The Artist”,  “Little Voices”, “Gas Powered”, “The Heart Works”, “Strange Girl”, online publication
2017              Wild Women’s Medicine Circle (Anthology), Editor/Curator, Amazon Publishing
                      Boton Halk and Other Erotic Stories, (Short Fiction), Amazon Publishing
2016              It’s Just What Comes Out of Me, (Poetry), Amazon Publishing
Rat’s Ass Review, (Poems) “Van Morrison”, “It’s Just What Comes Out of Me”, “Guys”, Online publication
2012              Airplane Reading, “Lightning Crashes” (Short Story)
2011              Lay Me Down, (Creative Non-Fiction), Amazon Publishing
2008              Ke Kalahea, “Ozomatli”,  “Vagina Monologues”,  “Reggae Fest”,  “Grease Gate”,  “BJ Penn vs George St. Pierre”, Hilo, HI
                      World Extreme Fighter,  “Tabata Drills”, Online Publication
2007              Ke Kalahea,  “Parking Permit Woes”, Hilo, HI

2012  Los Angeles Book Festival, First Prize, Wild Card Division, for Lay Me Down, Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Book Festival, Honorable Mention, Non-Fiction Division, Lay Me Down, Los Angeles, CA

2014   Back Bay Productions, “License to Paint” (Unpublished Documentary), Featured Artist (Muralist/Street art), P.  Glennon, Los Angeles, CA

“Killin’ Em” (Music Video), Producer, Co-Director, Featured Artist (Luv Maschine),  
 Los Angeles, CA

2012   Guerilla Reads, Public Reading from Lay Me Down, Los Angeles Book Fair, Los     Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA

acrylic, oil, pastel (oil + chalk) , charcoal, graphite, ink, collage, wheat-paste, stencils, linocut, glass-cutting, paper-making, hand-poured candles, book-binding, sewing, upcycling/recycling, photography, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Snapseed, Microsoft Office Suite (Word/Excel/PowerPoint), Instagram, Twitter, Etsy, Wordpress, Blogger, Google Products/Docs/Drive, Apple/Mac, Garageband, iMovie, Dropbox, modeling, singing, piano, ukulele, poetry, fiction/non-fiction, journalism, marketing, copywriting, copyediting