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Allan James Cox's Biography

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Chicago, IL
to Cher Cox
Sep 2009

I am a CEO advisor & poet-blogger. I am author of 10 business books. Recently, I have released two new books: (1) WHOA! Are They Glad You're in Their Lives? June 12, 2012 and (2) The CEO in You July 9, 2012. The latter is a revised, expanded and redesigned edition of the book Your Inner CEO, the rights of which I bought back from the original publisher.

I came late to loving poetry. That was when I read a poem each day from a master as part of my daily meditation. There was also a foreshadow touch by a college English teacher who brought me face-to-face with Robert Frost. Then I read Rilke’s The Man Watching and that sealed the envelope. I sure hope it shows that I enjoy writing these lines. Truth is, I write for myself. Poetry helps me think differently, see upside down, invites me to play better in our world.


Thinkers/Scholars: Peter Drucker, Peter Berger, Robert Merton, Thomas Merton, Martin Marty, John S. Dunne, Alfred Adler, Hans Kung, Paul Tillich, Friedrich Schleirmacher, Elliott Jaques, Emory Bogardus, Frederick Buechner, more . . . Fiction:Flannery O'Connor, Herman Wouk, Ian Mc Ewan, Muriel Barbery, Earnest Hemingway, Walt Whitman, Albert Camus, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Annie Dillard, John Updike, Sherwood Anderson, more . . . Poetry: Rumi, Rilke, Lucille Clifton, Thomas Hardy, William Carlos Williams, Mary Karr, Jill Baumgaertner, Richard Wilbur, William Stafford, Charles Simic, Dorianne Laux, Mary Oliver, John Updike, Seamus Heaney, more . . .

Upcoming Works

Will publish new book early 2012:

"Are They Glad You're in Their Lives?" (work, love & friendship week-by-week)

Content is advice, photography, poetry



Michael Snell, Michael Snell Literary Agency, Truro, MA 02666


Simon & Schuster, Doubleday, Dodd, Mead, Amacom, Irwin, Career Press,NYT Sunday Business, syndicated column, LA Times Syndicate, airline magazines, reviewed books for NYT Sunday Books; also Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Trib, and LA Times

Interests & Hobbies

reading poetry, non-fiction, fiction, writing poetry, walking, dining!