Thomas Stockham Baker Professor of English
I have been teaching creative writing at Carnegie Mellon since 1981. My interests include poetry, fiction, and screenwriting. Recent books include Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry and From Milltown to Malltown (a collaboration with photographer Charlee Brodsky and writer Jane McCafferty). My fourth collection of short stories, Trigger Man, will be published in 2011. In 2007, I was awarded the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize for my collection, Revolt of the Crash-Test Dummies. Two other books were published that year, my third collection of short fiction, Mr. Pleasant and my eleventh book of poems, In Line for the Exterminator. In 2010, I wrote and produced the independent film "Mr. Pleasant," my third produced screenplay. My second, "Dumpster," was filmed in 2005. Street, a book of my poems accompanying the photographs of Charlee Brodsky, won the Tillie Olsen Prize from the Working-Class Studies Association in 2006. In addition, I have edited or co-edited four anthologies, including Letters to America: Contemporary American Poetry on Race, and American Poetry: The Next Generation. My poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor's "Writer's Almanac," in Billy Collins' Poetry 180 anthologies, and Ted Kooser's "American Life in Poetry" series. My poem "Factory Love" is displayed on the roof of a race car. I have received the Brittingham Prize for Poetry, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. My poems have appeared in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. At Carnegie Mellon, I have received the Ryan Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Elliott Dunlap Smith Award for Teaching and Educational Service, and a Faculty Service Award from the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association.
- MFA, Bowling Green State University
- BA, Alma College
Trigger Man, East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2011.
Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry, Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2011.
From Milltown to Malltown, Detroit, MI: Marick Press, 2010.
Mr. Pleasant, East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 2007.
In Line for the Exterminator, Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2007.