Dr. David Baker

Ohio, United States


David Baker is the author of eleven books of poems:  Scavenger Loop (2015),  Never-Ending Birds (2009), which won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, Treatise on Touch: Selected Poems (2007, UK), Midwest Eclogue (2005), Changeable Thunder (2001), The Truth about Small Towns (1998), After the Reunion (1994), Sweet Home, Saturday Night (1991), Haunts (1985), and Laws of the Land (1981); Omul Alchimic, a further selection of his poems, was translated into Romania by C. Tanasescu and published by Vinea Press in Bucharest (2009).  His five books of prose about poetry are Show Me Your Environment: Essays on Poetry, Poets, and Poems (2014), Talk Poetry: Poems and Interviews with Nine American Poets (2012), Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry (2007), Heresy and the Ideal: Essays on Contemporary Poetry (2000) and Meter in English: A Critical Engagement (1996).  Among his awards are fellowships and prizes from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Mellon Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Poetry Society of America, Society of Midland Authors, and the Pushcart Foundation.  His poems and essays appear in such magazines as The American Poetry Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, Tin House, The Yale Review, and many others. Baker was raised in Missouri and currently resides in Granville, Ohio, where he serves as poetry editor of The Kenyon Review.  He teaches at Denison University and in the M.F.A. program for writers at Warren Wilson College. 


Publications

  • Talk Poetry: Poems and Interviews with Nine American Poets , University of Arkansas Press (2012)
  • Never-Ending Birds (poems) , W. W. Norton (2009)
  • Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry (with Ann Townsend) , Graywolf (2007)
  • Midwest Eclogue (poems) , W. W. Norton (2005)
  • Changeable Thunder (poems) , University of Arkansas Press (2001)
  • Heresy and the Ideal: On Contemporary Poetry , University of Arkansas Press (2000)
  • The Truth about Small Towns (poems) , University of Arkansas Press (1998)
  • Meter in English: A Critical Engagement , University of Arkansas Press (1996)
  • After the Reunion (poems) , University of Arkansas Press (1994)
  • Sweet Home, Saturday Night (poems) , University of Arkansas Press (1991)
  • Haunts (poems) , Cleveland State University Press (1985)
  • Laws of the Land (poems) , Ahsahta Press (1981)
  • Treatise on Touch: Selected Poems , Arc Publications (UK) (2007)
  • Omul Alchimic (Alchemical Man) , Vinea Press (Romania) (2009)
  • Show Me Your Environment: Essays on Poetry, Poets, and Poems , University of Michigan Press (2014)

Employment

  • Poetry Editor at Kenyon Review (January 1995 - )
  • Professor of English at Denison University (September 1984 - )
  • Assistant Professor of English at Kenyon College (September 1983 - August 1984)
  • Instructor at Jefferson City (Missouri) Senior High School (August 1977 - August 1979)

Degrees

  • Doctoral Degree in English from University of Utah (June 1983)
  • Master of Arts in English from University of Central Missouri (August 1977)
  • Bachelor of Arts in English and Education from University of Central Missouri (June 1976)

Genres of Interest

Poetry