David Baker (poet)

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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 Utah with a Ph.D. in 1983. He taught at Kenyon College. He teaches at Denison University,[1] and the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.

His work appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation,[2] The New Republic, The New Yorker,[3] The Paris Review,[4] Poetry, The Yale Review.

He lives in Granville, Ohio,[5] and serves as Poetry Editor of The Kenyon Review.[6][7][8]


  • 2011 Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize
  • 2001 Guggenheim Fellow [9]
  • National Endowment for the Arts, 2005, 1985
  • Ohio Arts Council
  • Poetry Society of America Lyric Prize
  • Society of Midland Authors
  • Pushcart Foundation.


  • Scavenger Loop (W. W. Norton, 2015)
  • 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).


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