Sara Baker

Fiction Writer, Poet

225 Henderson Avenue
Athens, GA 30605

Author's Bio

Sara Baker is a novelist, short story writer and dramatist. Her works have been published in The New Quarterly, The Chattahoochee Review, The Spirit that Moves Us, The Lullwater Review, Ars Medica, The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, The Healing Muse, The Journal for Poetry Therapy, and other publications. Her adaptation of Willa Cather’s “A Wagner Matinee,” was produced by The Public Media Foundation and broadcast on NPR and BBC radio. She has written three books, Shadow Dance, a novel, The Time-Keeper's Son, a novel, and No Part of the Body is Not Sacred, a collection of short fiction.An early version of Shadow Dance (Second Son) was one of eight finalists in the 1996 Hemingway Days First Novel Contest. The judges’ comments read as follows:

"Second Son shows great promise. Your descriptions are vivid, compelling and wrenching. You have a clear, clean writing style that makes this novel a wonderful read."

Publications & Prizes


The Timekeeper's Son (Deeds Publishing, 2016)
China Grove
H.O.W. Journal
Habersham Review
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The Chattahoochee Review
The Journal of Poetry Therapy
The New Quarterly
The Spirit That Moves Us


"Chihuahua" (Negative Capability Press, 2015)
The Hippocrates Prize (Hippocrates Prize / Top Edge Press, 2011)
Brancusi's Egg (Finishing Line Press, 2013)
Ars Medica - A journal of medicine, the arts, and humanities
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The Journal of Poetry Therapy
The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine
Prizes won: 

Finalist Eludia Award 2015, Poised for Departure, stories
Finalist, Gertrude Stein award, 2014
Short-listed, Bridport Prize, Fiction, 2012
Short-listed, Fish Prize, Fiction, 2012
Commended, The Hippocrates Prize, Poetry, 2011
Finalists in the 1996 Hemingway Days First Novel Contest; runner-up in the 1998 Phoebe Fiction Award for “Absolution”; semi-finalist in the 1994 Heekin Fellowship Awards; two scholarships to the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, in 1991 and 1995; a three-time Hambidge Fellow; a scholarship recipient to the Duke Writers Conference, and a two time winner at the Sandhills Writers Conference, placing first in both the novel (judged by Janet Burroway), and in the screenwriting category; a semifinalist in the 1997 Cinestory Screenplay Awards for One of Us.

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, The Translation of The Bones by Francesca Kay, Mothers and Sons by Colm Toibin, War and Peace by Tolstoy/Pevear/Volkonsky, Narrative Medicine by Rita Charon

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Celtic American
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Athens, GA
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Last update: Nov 15, 2016