Aimée Baker

Writer | Lecturer



Doe (University of Akron Press, 2018) was the 2016 Akron Prize winner from the University of Akron Press. Doe was selected by judge Allison Joseph.

Doe transforms missing person and unidentified person (Jane Doe) cases into poetry. By utilizing public files, newspaper reports, and other public information, this book seeks to erase the silence surrounding these women and resurrect them in our collective consciousness.

Over sixty women are featured in this book, representing only a small fraction of open cases in the United States.

For more about
Doe, click here.

And to learn about
She, the documentary about Doe, click here.

Praise for Doe


"My choice for the 2018 Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize is Aimée Baker’s Doe, published by The University of Akron Press. A terrible beauty is born in this book-length elegy for female victims of kidnapping, rape, torture, and murder; the presumed dead, the disappeared, and the unidentified. These last, for whom the book is named, remind us of women’s universal vulnerability as the hunted gender. In language both violent and tender, the book exhumes the cases of women from across the continent and the century, bearing witness to their spirits, prayers, and passions. Doe is a suite of gorgeously orchestrated poems that remind us not to turn away from the news. Instead, it commands us to resist injustice with the compassion that only art can bring to life. I wholly admire this haunting, stunning, and necessary book, and I endorse it with no reservations."
 - Naomi Guttman on the selection of Doe for the Eugene 
   Paul Nassar Award


“My choice for the award is Doe—that book is so good, so well executed with such difficult subject matter. I admire its active courage, its commitment to witnessing what so many reject. It stayed with me through reading all the others—fantastic books, the lot of them. But Doe is a game changer, a silence eliminator.”
 - Allison Joseph on the selection of Doe for Akron Prize



Other Publications

Select Poetry

"The Saints of the
Last Days"


"Things a Girl Should Know"
The Journal

Three Poems

"Go, Roam"

 Select Fiction

"Men Without Faces"
North American Review (305.2-3 Summer/Fall 2020)


"Just Outside of San Antonio"
Permafrost (40.1)

"The Persistence of Memory"

Gulf Coast (20.2)


Best of the West

"Natural History"
Southeast Review

Select Nonfiction

"Beasts of the Fields"


"Factory Girl"
Cincinnati Review (15.1)

"Wretched Women"

Copper Nickel (24)

"Schizophrenia Redux"
Black Warrior Review (42.1)

"This Monstrous Heart"
New Delta Review



Aimée Baker’s first collection of poetry, Doe, was selected by Allison Joseph as the 2016 Akron Prize winner at University of Akron Press and published in 2018.  Her fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction have appeared in journals such as The Southern Review, Gulf Coast, The Massachusetts Review, and Guernica. In 2014, she received the Zoland Poetry Fellowship from

the Vermont Studio Center.

As a first generation college student, Aimée received her BA in Creative Writing and History from St. Lawrence University and her MFA from Arizona State University where she was Prose Editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review. Currently, she is a lecturer for SUNY Plattsburgh’s Professional Writing Certificate Program and she also serves as the Executive Editor for Saranac Review.



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