Loyola University Chicago

Department of English


Aaron Baker

Title/s:  Associate Professor

Office #:  Crown Center 462

Phone: 82256



Teaching Philosophy:
As writers, we immerse ourselves in the work of our forebears while remaining alert to our own perceptions and instincts. This is the process whereby each writer begins to discover a unique voice. There is fluidity to a writer’s progress, I believe, which can be facilitated but not fully controlled by a teacher. I stand ready to suggest a student read a new writer or try a new approach, but in the end my students will navigate according to their own inner compasses. As their teacher, I hope to encourage a faith in this exciting but sometimes difficult process.


B.A., Central Washington University

M.F.A., University of Virginia

Research Interests

Poetry Writing; Contemporary American Poetry


Glasgow/Shenandoah Prize for Emerging Writers (2009)

Katherine Bakeless Award for a First Book of Poetry (2008)

Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing, Stanford University (2001-2003)

Selected Publications

Recent Publications:
New England Review: “Fairhill Farm,” “In Articulo Mortis,” “Rife Machine,”

“Back Forty”

New South: “Highlands Cross”

Ninth Letter: “Cottonwood, “First Language”

Poetry Northwest: “Babel,” “The Infernal Regions,” “Honeycomb”

Shenandoah: "The New Religion"

Missouri Review: “Dark Matter,” “February Nocturne,” “Rural Especial Scene,”

“The Old Nerve,” “After”

Mississippi Review: “Late Pastoral”

The Rumpus: “Anax Junius”

32 Poems: “The Shallows,” "Deism"

Memorious: "A Field Guide to the Moths of North America"

Mission Work
(poetry, Houghton Mifflin 2008)