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