Sybil Baker’s latest book is Immigration Essays. She is also the author of The Life Plan, Talismans, and Into This World. She was awarded two MakeWork Artist Grants and a 2017 Individual Artist's Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission. She lives and teaches in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and is on faculty at the Yale Writers’ Conference. She is Fiction Editor at Drunken Boat.
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Sybil Baker’s Immigration Essays (C&R Press, 2017) and is already being hailed as “an amazing and essential odyssey for our times.” Named one of “today's strongest emerging talents in literary fiction and poetry” by Anis Shivani from The Huffington Post, Sybil is also the author of three books of fiction, Into This World, Talismans, and The Life Plan.
She is a 2012 and 2014 MakeWork grantee and received a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist's Fellowship for 2017. Her work has appeared in many publications including Guernica, Electric Literature, Glimmer Train, The Critical Flame, The Writer's Chronicle, The Collagist, and The Nervous Breakdown.
Sybil received her MFA in creative writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She spent twelve years teaching in South Korea before returning to the States in 2007. During her extensive travels throughout Asia, she became increasingly interested in the allure and alienation of American travelers and expatriates, and this has heavily influenced her writing. A UC Foundation Associate Professor of English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Sybil lives in Chattanooga with her husband. In 2015 she was a Visiting Professor at Middle Eastern Technical University in North Cyprus. She is on faculty at the Yale Writers' Conference and taught in the low residency MFA program at City University of Hong Kong. She is Fiction Editor at Drunken Boat.