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Charles Baxter

Charles Baxter

Department Affiliations


Specialties

  • Creative Writing (fiction)
  • Modernism
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • American Literature

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: State University of New York, Buffalo.
  • B.A. (summa cum laude): Macalester College.

Publications

  • The Soul Thief. Baxter, Charles, Pantheon, Author, 2008.
  • Beyond Plot. Baxter, Charles, Graywolf Press, Author, 2007.
  • Saul and Patsy. Baxter, Charles, Pantheon Books, 2003.
  • The Feast of Love. Baxter, Charles, Pantheon/Vintage, 2000.
  • Believers. Baxter, Charles, Pantheon, 1997.
  • Imaginary Paintings. Baxter, Charles, Paris Review Press, Author, 1997.
  • Burning Down the House. Baxter, Charles, Graywolf Press, Author, 1997.
  • Shadow Play. Baxter, Charles, Norton, Author, 1990.
  • A Relative Stranger. Baxter, Charles, Norton, Author, 1990.
  • First Light. Baxter, Charles, Viking, Author, 1987.
  • Through the Safety Net. Baxter, Charles, Vintage, Author, 1985.
  • Harmony of the World. Baxter, Charles, Vintage, Author, 1984.
  • Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life. Baxter, Charles, Peter Turchi, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, Co-Editor, 2001.
  • Best New American Voices 2001. Baxter, Charles, New York: Harcourt, Editor, 2001.
  • The Business of Memory. Baxter, Charles, Saint Paul: Graywolf Press, Editor, 1999.
  • Breaking the Body Open: The Night of the Hunter: Baxter, Charles, Jim Shepard, New York: HarperCollins, Writers at the Movies, 39-57, 2000.
  • "You're Really Something: Inflection and the Breath of Life: Baxter, Charles, Julie Checkoway, Cincinnati: Story Press, Creating Fiction, 182-196, 1999.
  • Shame and Forgetting in the Information Age: Baxter, Charles, Saint Paul: Graywolf Press, The Business of Memory, 141-157, 1999.
  • Gryphon: New and Selected Stories. Baxter, Charles, Pantheon/Vintage, Author, 2011.

Professional Activities

  • Judge: Bakeless Fiction Prize , January 2004 - April 2004
  • Edelstein-Keller Professor of Creative Writing: University of Minnesota , 2003
  • Adjunct Professor of English: University of Michigan , 2000 - 02
  • Professor of English: University of Michigan , 1989 - 2000
  • Professor of English: Wayne State University , 1985 - 89
  • Visiting Faculty Member: Department of English, University of Michigan , 1987
  • Faculty member: Master of Fine Arts Program, Warren Wilson College , 1986
  • Associate Professor of English: Wayne State University , 1979 - 85
  • Assistant Professor of English: Wayne State University , 1974 - 79

Outreach Activities

  • Live OnLine: Washington Post, October 16, 2003
  • Book Discussion Group: Minneapolis, November 20, 2003

Awards

  • National Book Award Finalist for The Feast of Love, 2000
  • Award in Literature, American Academy of Arts and Letters, April 1997
  • The Cohen Award from Ploughshares magazine for best essay published in Ploughshares, 1994
  • Ohio University Spring Literary Festival, Honoree, 1995
  • The Daniel A. Pollack-Harvard Review award to Shadow Play, 1994
  • The Gettysburg Review award in nonfiction prose for "Fiction and the Inner Life of Objects", 1994
  • Michigan Author of the Year Award, 1993
  • Minnesota Book Award, General Nonfiction, The Art Of Subtext (Graywolf) 2008
  • Award of Merit in the Short Story, American Academy of Arts and Letters 2007
  • Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation Fellowship, 1992-1995
  • Lawrence Foundation Award, 1991
  • Arts Foundation of Michigan Award, 1991
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 1985-1986
  • Michigan Council for the Arts Grant, 1984
  • National Endowment for the Arts Grant, 1983
  • Lawrence Foundation Award, 1982

Courses Taught

  • Seminar in Fiction
Alternative Output Formats Alternative Output Formats
  • Book Cover: Best New American Voices
  • Book Cover: The Feast of Love
  • Book Cover: onsideration of the Guitar