Ms. Sybil Baker

Tennessee, United States

Member Since: 08/22/2012

 Sybil Baker’s latest novel is While You Were Gone (IPPY Silver Medal). Her book of nonfiction Immigration Essays is the 2018-2019 Read2Achieve selection for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  She is also the author of The Life PlanTalismans, and Into This World (Foreword Book of the Year finalist, and Eric Hoffer Award Honorable Mention)She was awarded two MakeWork Artist Grants and a 2017 Individual Artist’s Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission. She lives and teaches in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and is on faculty at the Yale Writers’ Workshop and VCFA’s low residency International MFA 


Twitter Username: @sybilbaker


  • While You Were Gone , C&R Press (June 2018)
  • Immigration Essays , C&R Press (February 15, 2017)
  • The Life Plan , Casperian Books (April 2009)
  • Into This World , Engine Books (May 2012)
  • Talismans , C&R Press (December 2010)


  • Finalist, Foreward Book of the Year(2013)
  • Make Work Grant(2014)
  • Eric Hoffer, Honorable Mention
  • Tennessee Individual Artists Grant(2016)
  • IPPY Silver Medal(2019)


  • UC Foundation Associate Professor at University of Tennessee Chattanooga (August 2007 - )


  • Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts (June 2005)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction