Charles Baxter is an award-winning author of multiple story collections, novels, and nonfiction, including the story collections A Relative Stranger, Gryphon: New and Selected Stories, and There’s Something I Want You to Do, and the novels, The Feast of Love (a finalist for the National Book Award), The Soul Thief, and most recently, The Sun Collective. His nonfiction includes Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction and The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot. Baxter was the series editor for The Art of … series of books with Graywolf Press, and editor of Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life. He has also published three volumes of poetry. Baxter’s stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and The O. Henry Prize Story Anthology. In 2021, he received the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. In addition, Baxter has received the Award of Merit in the Short Story and the Award in Literature, both from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Rea Award in the Short Story, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught creative writing at Wayne State University in Detroit,  the University of Michigan (where he also directed the Creative Writing MFA program for many years), the University of Minnesota, and the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.

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