Department of English
207 Lind Hall
207 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-625-3363

College of Liberal Arts Voices from the Gaps

Charles Baxter


Edelstein-Keller Professor in Creative Writing

Department of English
University of Minnesota
210G Lind Hall
207 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Special Interests

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

Honors & Awards

  • Finalist, National Book Award in Fiction for The Feast of Love, 2000
  • The Award in Literature, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1997
  • The Cohen Award from Ploughshares magazine for best essay published during 1994 in Ploughshares
  • Ohio University Spring Literary Festival, Honoree, 1995
  • The Daniel A. Pollack-Harvard Review award to Shadow Play, 1994
  • The Gettysburg Review award 1994 in nonfiction prose for "Fiction and the Inner Life of Objects"
  • Michigan Author of the Year Award, 1993
  • Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation Fellowship, 1992-95
  • Lawrence Foundation Award, 1991
  • Arts Foundation of Michigan Award, 1991
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 1985-86
  • Michigan Council for the Arts Grant, 1984
  • National Endowment for the Arts Grant, 1983
  • Lawrence Foundation Award, 1982


  • Education
    • State University of New York at Buffalo, Ph.D.
    • Macalester College, B.A. (summa cum laude)
  • Academic Appointments
    • Edelstein-Keller Professor of Creative Writing, University of Minnesota, 2003-
    • Adjunct Professor of English, University of Michigan, 2000-2002
    • 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, 1974-1979


  • Criticism and Nonfiction
    • Co-editor (with Peter Turchi), Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2001)
    • Editor, Best New American Voices 2001 (New York: Harcourt, 2001)
    • Editor, The Business of Memory (Saint Paul: Graywolf Press, 1999)
    • Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction (Saint Paul: Graywolf Press, 1997)
    • "Breaking the Body Open: The Night of the Hunter," in Writers at the Movies edited by Jim Shepard (New York: HarperCollins, 2000), pp. 39-57
    • "You're Really Something: Inflection and the Breath of Life," in Creating Fiction edited by Julie Checkoway (Cincinnati: Story Press, 1999), pp. 182-196
    • "Shame and Forgetting in the Information Age," in The Business of Memory edited by Charles Baxter (Saint Paul: Graywolf Press, 1999), pp. 141-157
    • "My Son Eating Dinner," in We Are What We Ate edited by Mark Winegardner (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1998), pp. 38-45
    • "Full of It," in Letters to a Fiction Writer edited by Frederick Busch (New York: WW Norton, 1999), pp. 32-52
  • Poetry
    • Imaginary Paintings and Other Poems (New York: Paris Review Editions, 1990)
    • The South Dakota Guidebook (New York: New Rivers Press, 1974)
    • Chameleon (New York: New Rivers Press, 1970)
  • Fiction
    • Saul and Patsy (New York: Pantheon, 2003)
    • The Feast of Love (New York: Pantheon, 2000)
    • Believers (New York: Pantheon/Vintage, 1997)
    • Shadow Play (New York: WW Norton/Penguin, 1993)
    • A Relative Stranger (New York: Viking/Penguin, 1990)
    • First Light (New York: Viking/Penguin, 1987)
    • Through the Safety Net (New York: Viking/Penguin, 1985)
    • Harmony of the World (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1984)
    • "Saul and Patsy are in Labor," in Birth: A Literary Companion edited by Kristin Kovacic and Lynne Barrett (Iowa City: The University of Iowa Press, 2002), pp. 223-238
    • "A Late Sunday Afternoon Along the Huron," in The Huron River: Voices from the Watershed edited by John Knott and Keith Taylor (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2000), pp. 87-100
    • "The Disappeared," in The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction edited by R.V. Cassill and Richard Bausch (New York WW Norton, 1999), pp. 67-85
    • "Snow," in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction edited by R.V. Cassill and Joyce Carol Oates (New York: WW Norton, 1998), pp. 41-50
    • "A Relative Stranger," in A Ghost at Heart's Edge edited by Susan Ito and Tina Cervin (Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 1999), pp. 309-322
    • "Gryphon," in The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction edited by Lex Williford and Michael Martone (New York: Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1999). pp. 131-14.