Charles Baxter was born in Minneapolis and graduated from Macalester College, in Saint Paul. After completing graduate work in English at the State University of New York at Buffalo, he taught for several years at Wayne State University in Detroit. In 1989, he moved to the Department of English at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor and its MFA program. He now teaches at the University of Minnesota. 
 
Baxter is the author of 4 novels, 4 collections of short stories, 3 collections of poems, a collection of essays on fiction and is the editor of other works. His works of fiction include Believers , The Feast of Love (nominated for the National Book Award), Saul and Patsy , and Through the Safety Net . He lives in Minneapolis. 

Books in order of publication: 

Through the Safety Net – 1985 

A Relative Stranger: Stories – 1990 

Believers: A novella and stories – 1997  

Saul and Patsy – 2003 

Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction – 2004 

The Soul Thief – 2007 

The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot – 2007 

The Feast of Love – 2008 

Gryphon: New and Selected Stories – 2011 

There’s Something I Want You to Do – 2015 

The Sun Collective – 2020