Charles Baxter (author)

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Charles Baxter (born May 13, 1947) is an American author of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.


Baxter was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to John and Mary Barber (Eaton) Baxter. He graduated from Macalester College in Saint Paul. In 1974 he received his PhD in English from the University at Buffalo with a thesis on Djuna Barnes, Malcolm Lowry, and Nathanael West.



Baxter taught high school in Pinconning, Michigan for a year before beginning his university teaching career at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He then moved to the University of Michigan, where for many years he directed the Creative Writing MFA program. Many of his students have gone on to successful writing careers; they include Gretchen Mazur, Helen Fremont, Michael Byers, Jardine Libaire, Porter Shreve, Davy Rothbart, John Fulton, Marc Nesbitt, Patrick O'Keeffe, Jess Row, Francesca Delbano, Peter Orner, Heidi Julavits, Karl Iagnemma, Achy Obejas, James Morrison and Elwood Reid. He currently teaches at the University of Minnesota and in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.


Baxter's literary work is recognized and highlighted by Michigan State University in their Michigan Writers Series.[1]



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  1. ^ "Michigan Writers Series". Michigan State University Libraries. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  2. ^ "The Feast Of Love (review)". Retrieved 2010-06-22. 

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