I was raised in upstate New York in a pocket of space near Vermont and the Canadian border. My family lived on the same land that my grandmother managed to purchase on her own in the 1940s. They still live there today, on ninety acres of fields and forests.
I grew up with two brothers, one who was institutionalized and one who developed schizophrenia as a teenager. My experiences with them form the cornerstone of my creative work as I wrestle with topics of abuse, the silencing of voices, the fractured places girls and women are often forced to inhabit in the presence of volatile men.
As a child, I read everything I could. There was no one to define my tastes by telling me what I should be reading. It was simply accepted that reading was a good thing which is why my writing is informed as much by the language of romance novels and thrillers as it is by classics and literary works.
These are the spaces that I work in. Here, the land. Here, the silence.
Aimée Baker is a multi-genre writer. Her poetry collection, Doe, was selected as the 2016 Akron Prize winner by Allison Joseph. Doe is forthcoming from University of Akron Press. Her fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction have appeared in journals such as The Southern Review, Gulf Coast, The Massachusetts Review, and Guernica. She received her MFA from Arizona State University. She is an adjunct lecturer at Clinton Community College and SUNY Plattsburgh where she also serves as fiction editor for Saranac Review.