David Baker is a poet, educator, editor, and literary critic. He was born in 1954 in Bangor, Maine, grew up in Jefferson City, Missouri, and since 1983 has lived in central Ohio. He received his B.S.E. and M.A. degrees in English from the University of Central Missouri and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Utah, where he also served from 1980-83 as Editor and Poetry Editor of Quarterly West. Since 1984 Baker has taught at Denison University, in Granville, Ohio, where he is currently Professor of English and holds the Thomas B. Fordham Chair of Creative Writing. Baker also serves frequently on the faculty of the MFA program for writers at Warren Wilson College and is Poetry Editor of The Kenyon Review.