David Baker is Poetry Editor of The Kenyon Review.
He was born in 1954 in Bangor, Maine, grew up in Missouri, and received his BSE and MA degrees in English from Central Missouri State University. After teaching high school English from 1977-79, he took his PhD in English from the University of Utah in 1983. Baker has taught at Kenyon College, the Ohio State University, and the University of Michigan, and currently holds the Thomas B. Fordham Chair of Creative Writing at Denison University, in Granville, Ohio, where he is Professor of English. He also teaches regularly in the MFA program for writers at Warren Wilson College.
Among David Baker’s fourteen books are his most recent poetry collection, Never-Ending Birds (2009, W. W. Norton), winner of the 2011 Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, and Talk Poetry: Poems and Interviews with Nine American Poets (2012, Arkansas). This latest title is cosponsored by The Kenyon Review and gathers Baker’s KROnline interviews with a number of important poets. For his work, Baker has been awarded fellowships and grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Society of America, Ohio Arts Council, Society of Midland Authors, and others. He currently serves as Professor of English at Denison University where he holds the Thomas B. Fordham Chair of Creative Writing.
Books by David Baker
New York : W. W. Norton, 2009. 112 p.
“The most expansive and moving poet to come out of the American Midwest since James Wright.”—Marilyn Hacker
New York : W. W. Norton, 2005. 96 p.
“Midwest Eclogue is theft quality. Read it, you will buy it. Poets will want to have written it. In style and subject, there is permanent goodness in this book.”—Wyatt Prunty, The Weekly Standard
TREATISE ON TOUCH
UK : Arc Publications, 2005. 146 p.
“These beautifully-shaped poems are fuelled by a deep human desire to rescue the transient moment and memorialize feeling . . .”—Edward Hirsch
Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2001. 97 p.
“The level of attentiveness in these poems, which build on the American vernacular and a developing sense of American “identity,” is inspired and unflinching.” —Carol Muske Dukes, Los Angeles Times.
HERESY AND THE IDEAL
Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2000. 291 p.
A powerful collection of essays and essay-reviews which David Baker wrote and published throughout the 1990s.