Guggenheim Fellow
Fulbright Professor (Portugal)
NEA creative writing grant (Fiction)
T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize
AACT NewPlayFest Award
Jack Nicholson Screenwriting Award
New Works of Merit Playwriting Award
X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize
James H. Wilson Playwriting Award


William Baer, a recent Guggenheim fellow, is the award-winning author of twenty-two books, and his various plays have been produced at over thirty American theaters.  He grew up in the Bronx and Wayne, New Jersey, where his family was actively involved in “little theater.”  A graduate of Rutgers (B.A.) and New York University (M.A.), he completed his dissertation in creative writing at the University of South Carolina under the direction of James Dickey.  After attending the Johns Hopkins’ Writing Seminars (M.A.), he served as a Fulbright at the University of Coimbra in Portugal.  He then attended the University of Southern California’s Graduate School of Cinema (M.A.), where he received the Jack Nicholson Screenwriting Award.  The recipient of a Creative Writing Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, he currently lives in North Jersey.