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novelist , poet

Charles Baxtor is an American novelist and poet .


In 1974 he received his Ph.D. in English from the University at Buffalo with a thesis on Djuna Barnes, Malcolm Lowry, and Nathanael West.


He began his university teaching career at Wayne State University in Detroit. 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.


  • a collection of stories

    • Harmony of the World (1984)

    • Through The Safety Net (1985)

    • Gryphon (1985)

    • A Relative Stranger (1990)

    • Believers (1997)

    • Gryphon(2011)

  • book

    • First Light (1987)

    • Shadow Play (1993)

    • The Feast of Love (2000)

    • Saul and Patsy (2003)

    • The Soul Thief (2008)

  • collection of essays

    • Burning Down The House (1997)


John Baxter

Mary Barber (Eaton) Baxter - United States