Baker Lawley


Associate Professor, Co-Chair, and Advisor/Editor for Firethorne and Razor Literary Magazine in English

I teach a variety of courses, from FTS to American Literature to creative writing; my main area of interest, in scholarly, teaching, and personal ways, is Fiction Writing. I love to listen to stories, to how they are told, to consider the importance of stories in our social structures, our cultural heritage, and our daily lives.

I also love to write them.  I've published two YA novels, including The Battle Hymn Blues, about a Civil War reenactment run amok, and Stealing the Show, a rollicking road novel about three friends playing hooky to spread the ashes of a beloved grandfather.  I've also published a historical fiction novella, The Man Who Invented Writing, and have a short book of writing instruction, 297 Ideas for Novels and Short Fiction.  My short stories, which range from humorous coming-of-age tales to Southern gothic tragedy, have been published in The Southeast Review, Eleven Eleven, Cream City Review, Copper Nickel, Oyster Boy Review, Atticus Review, Instafiction, Long Reads, and many others. Click here to see all my books on Amazon.  

My other professional pride and joy is the work I do in my ENG 350 Editing and Publishing course. It's a hybrid class that is partly run as an introduction to publishing and its importance to contemporary culture, and partly run as a small business where the students in the class work as editors and produce two magazine issues. We produce the on-campus print journal, Firethorne, as well as the online, nationwide Razor Literary Magazine

When I'm not lost in a good tale, I enjoy playing the banjo and harmonica (poorly), listening to music, camping, and spending time with my wife and kids.


B.A., Millsaps College, and M.F.A., The University of Alabama

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
ENG-112Introduction to Creative Writing182017/FA, 2016/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2007/SP, and 2005/FA
ENG-253Writing Fiction142018/SP, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2008/SP, 2006/FA, and 2006/SP
FTS-100FTS:Creativity52013/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, and 2006/FA
ENG-399Senior Seminar42015/FA, 2014/FA, 2012/FA, and 2007/FA
ENG-337Contemporary American Literature32014/SP, 2008/SP, and 2006/SP
ENG-101Read:Lit of Laughter32011/SP, 2010/FA, and 2007/SP
ENG-268Career Exploration32010/JN and 2009/JN
ENG-121American Literature I32008/FA, 2006/SP, and 2005/FA
ENG-350Editing & Publishing22018/SP and 2017/SP
ENG-273American Novel22012/FA and 2010/SP
ENG-254Writing the Novella22008/JN and 2007/JN
ENG-122American Literature II22007/SP and 2006/FA
ENG-207Digital Storytelling12018/JN
ENG-237Young Adult Lit12017/SP
ENG-202Editing & Publishing12016/JN
ENG-232Modern Fiction12009/SP
NDL-268Career Exploration12009/JN