David Baker (born December 27, 1954; Bangor, Maine) is an American poet.
He was raised in Missouri. He graduated from Central Missouri State University and from the University of Missouri with a Ph.D. in 1983. He taught at University of Illinois. He teaches at Denison University, and the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.
His work appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Yale Review.
He lives in Granville, Ohio, and serves as Poetry Editor of The Kenyon Review.
- 2011 Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize
- 2001 Guggenheim Fellow 
- National Endowment for the Arts, 2005, 1985
- Ohio Arts Council
- Poetry Society of America Lyric Prize
- Society of Midland Authors
- Pushcart Foundation.
- Never-Ending Birds (W. W. Norton, 2009)
- Treatise on Touch: Selected Poems (Arc Publications, 2007)
- Midwest Eclogue. W W Norton & Co Inc. 2007. ISBN 978-0-393-32961-2.
- Changeable Thunder (University of Arkansas, 2001)
- The Truth about Small Towns (1998)
- After the Reunion (1994)
- Sweet Home, Saturday Night (1991).
- Haunts (Cleveland State University) in 1985
- Laws of the Land, (Ahsahta/Boise State University 1981)
- "Show Me Your Environment: Essays on Poetry, Poets, and Poems" (University of Michigan, 2014)
- "Talk Poetry: Poems and Interviews with Nine American Poets" (University of Arkansas, 2012)
- 'Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry (Graywolf, 2007)
- Heresy and the Ideal: On Contemporary Poetry (University of Arkansas, 2000)
- Meter in English: A Critical Engagement (1996).