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Oct. 23, 2019


Georgia Poetry Circuit’s David Baker comes to Thomas University on Nov. 5

David Baker, a poet with the Georgia Poetry Circuit, will present a reading and a workshop with students at Thomas University at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5

Though he is known primarily as a poet of the Midwest, Baker was born in Bangor, Maine in 1954. He spent his childhood in Missouri and attended Central Missouri State University before receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Utah. Baker is often described as a poet of place, indebted to the American Romantic tradition of Emerson and Whitman, as well as Frost. Baker’s collections of poetry include the widely acclaimed “Changeable Thunder” (2001), “Midwest Eclogue” (2007), “Never-Ending Birds” (2009) and “Scavenger Loop” (2015).

He has won fellowships and awards from the Poetry Society of America, the Pushcart Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Currently a Professor of English and the Thomas B. Fordham Chair in Creative Writing at Denison University, Baker is also the editor of the Kenyon Review. For more information visit,

Founded at Mercer University in 1985, the Georgia Poetry Circuit is a consortium of 10 Georgia colleges and universities working together to bring three poets of national and international repute to all member campuses each year. This provides important access to the literary arts for Georgia residents across the state.

At each school, each circuit poet gives a free and open reading of his/her work. Visiting poets also meet with creative writing students at each campus for workshops, talks or extended question-and-answer sessions. In addition to the opportunity to hear work from diverse writers, circuit events provide Georgia students with an immensely valuable educational opportunity for interaction with excellent contemporary poets in the United States.

Baker’s presentation and workshop will be held in Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU’s Forbes Campus.


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