- The Personal Website of Stewart C Baker

About Stewart

"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." - Oscar Wilde


Systems librarian at Western Oregon University by day, husband and father by evening and weekend, and mostly asleep by 9pm, I write fiction (mostly speculative) and poetry (mostly haiku/senryu) in the between times. I hold an MA in English from California State University, Long Beach, where my thesis concerned post-structural feminism and "The Merchant's Tale" from Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Depending on who you ask, this is either fascinating or incomprehensibly dull. Sometimes it may even be both. I also tool around a bit with web design and web coding, both for my day job and just for the halibut.

I have a long-standing fascination with Japan and things Japanese (as you may have guessed), and also with classical and medieval cultures (ditto) and fantastical or speculative settings (double ditto). What it seems to come down to is that I like things as distant as possible from here and now—both chronologically, culturally, and locationally.

My haiku have appeared in Heron's Nest, Acorn, Modern Haiku, Hundred Gourds, and other magazines. My fiction has appeared in COSMOS Online and Penumbra eZine, and several other magazines.

If you are feeling particularly daring or bored, you can follow my tumblr/facebook/twitter/etc. over on the left, although none of them are updated particularly often. You can also send me an e-mail.