David Baker

David Baker. Courtesy Janet's Journals.

David Baker (born December 27, 1954) is an American poet and academic, and the poetry editor of the Kenyon Review.[1]


Baker was born in Bangor, Maine, and raised in Missouri. He graduated from Central Missouri State University, and from the University of Utah with a Ph.D. in 1983.[2]

He has taught at Kenyon College, the University of Michigan, and Ohio State University, and occasionally serves on the faculty of the M.F.A. program for writers at Warren Wilson College. In 2012, 2006 and 2001 he was on the faculty of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He taught at University of Michigan. Since 1984 he has taught at Denison University, where he is a professor of English and the Thomas D. Fordham Chair of Creative Writing.[3]

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

He lives in Granville, Ohio,[4] where he serves as poetry editor of the Kenyon Review.[2]


  • 2011 Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize
  • 2000 Guggenheim Fellow [5]
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Ohio Arts Council
  • Poetry Society of America
  • Society of Midland Authors
  • Pushcart Foundation.



  • Looking Ahead (chapbook). Warrensburg, MO: Mid-America Press, 1975.
  • Rivers in the Sea (chapbook). Warrensburg, MO: Mid-America Press, 1977.
  • Laws of the Land. Boise, ID: Ahsahta/Boise State University, 1981.
  • Summer Sleep (chapbook). Seattle, WA: Owl Creek Press, 1984.
  • Haunts. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1985.
  • Sweet Home, Saturday Night. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press, 1991.
  • After the Reunion. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press, 1994.
  • The Truth about Small Towns. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press, 1998.
  • Changeable Thunder. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press, 2001.
  • Midwest Eclogue. New York: Norton, 2007. ISBN 978-0-393-32961-2
  • Treatise on Touch: Selected poems. Lancashire, UK: Arc Publications, 2007.
  • Never-Ending Birds. New York: Norton, 2009.


  • Heresy and the Ideal: On contemporary poetry. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press, 2000.


  • Meter in English: A critical engagement. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press, 1996.
  • Radiant Lyre: Essays on lyric poetry. St. Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 2007.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy the Poetry Foundation. [6]

See alsoEdit

Poetry Reading by David Baker

Poetry Reading by David Baker


  1. Janet I. Martineau, "Ohio resident David Baker winner of Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize," Janet's Journals, August 17, 2011. Blogspot, Web, Apr. 23, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 David Baker, Academy of American Poets., Web, Aug. 23, 2015.
  3. David Baker, People, Denison University. Web, Mar. 28, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 David Baker, Poets & Writers. Web, Mar. 28, 2018.
  6. David Baker b. 1954, Poetry Foundation, Web, Dec. 28, 2011.

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