Alison Baker is a writer of short stories, essays, and other things.

Her third collection of short stories, HAPPY HOUR, was published in spring of 2014 by Tickenoak Publications.

You can hear her read essays from her series, The Farthermost View, on WOMR, Community Radio for Cape Cod. Podcasts are available at

She is the author of two earlier collections of fiction, HOW I CAME WEST, AND WHY I STAYED, and LOVING WANDA BEAVER. Both were named New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Her stories have received several O. Henry Awards. They've been featured on Selected Shorts at New York’s Symphony Space and dramatized for stage in Seattle, San Francisco, and Takoma Park, Maryland.

She has served artistic residencies at Ragdale, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony. A graduate of Reed College and Indiana University School of Library and Information Science, she has worked as a medical librarian and a library activist and was named 2001 Oregon Library Supporter of the Year by the Oregon Library Association.

A careless knitter, a casual birder, a haphazard gardener and an indifferent photographer, she lives on Cape Cod.