David Baker (poet)

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David Baker (born December 27, 1954; Bangor, Maine) is an American poet.


David Baker was born in Bangor, Maine, in 1954, and 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 widely, including at Jefferson City (MO) Senior High School, Kenyon College, the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, and since 1984 at Denison University, in Granville, Ohio, where he currently holds the Thomas B. Fordham Chair of Creative Writing and is Professor of English. He also teaches regularly in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and serves on the faculty of many writing workshops around the country.

His work appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation,[1] The New Republic, "The New York Times," The New Yorker,[2] The Paris Review,[3] Poetry, The Yale Review.

He lives in Granville, Ohio,[4] and serves as Poetry Editor of The Kenyon Review.[5][6][7]



  • 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).


  1. ^ "David Baker biography on the Nation". www.thenation.com. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "David Baker on The New Yorker". The New Yorker. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Details on David Bekar". The Paris Review. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "David Baker; Directory of Writers". www.pw.org. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "David Bekar on Keyon Review". www.kenyonreview.org. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "David Baker on Academy of American Poets". Academy of American Poets. 19 March 2002. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Poet bio of David Bekar". www.poetry.gatech.edu. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "John Simon Guggenheim Foundation". www.gf.org. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 

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