Lea Baker, M.F.A.

Adjunct Professor of Writing

Lea Baker is a fiction writer and teacher who grew up in a rural Californian town. Her experience as both a first-generation American and college attendee fuels her passion for education. She is fascinated by language and continually inspired by her students’ work. When Baker is not reading, writing, or teaching, she spends time outdoors with her rescue animals. 

Education

  • M.F.A., Creative Writing (Fiction), San Diego State University
  • B.A., English Literature, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA

Courses Taught

  • WRI 116 - College Composition: Research

Experience in Field

  • Lecturer for RWS 305W, San Diego State University, CA

  • Lecturer for RWS 100, San Diego State University, CA

  • Adjunct Professor for English 101, Miramar College, CA

  • Teaching Associate for RWS 200, San Diego State University, CA

  • Teaching Associate for English 280, San Diego State University, CA

  • Teaching Associate for RWS 100, San Diego State University, CA

  • Instructional Assistant, Miramar College, CA

  • Instructional Student Assistant, San Diego State University, CA

  • Writing Fellow, San Diego State University, CA

  • Co-Coorinator for The English Center

  • Humanities Teacher for SCY High School

  • Associate Editor for Fiction International

  • Columnist for The Whitman Wire

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Chairman of the Board for Operator Mindfulness and Mobility (OMM)
  • Volunteer In Policing
  • Coronado Library Volunteer

Awards and Honors

  • Lomen-Douglas Scholarship Recipient for increasing socioeconomic and multicultural diversity at Whitman College —Annual recipient from 2009 to 2013.
  • California State Valedictorian, Marysville Charter Academy for the Arts —June 2009.
  • QuestBridge Scholar for being recognized as a low-income youth with academic merit —2008.

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Featured Speaker, reading from my short story “Poems to Step On,” TAST 3.8, San Diego, California, June 2018
  • “Snakeskin.” Published in Fiction International issue 50: Fool, November 2017.
  • “Painting the Room Red.” Published in O-Dark Thirty, August 2017.
  • “5A’s Promise.” Published in Adelaide Literary Magazine, May 2017.
  • Featured Speaker, reading from my manuscript Live World, Scripps Cottage Graduate Reading, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, May 2017.
  • Featured Speaker, reading from my short story “Snakeskin,” Fiction International Whistle Stop Party, San Diego, California, March 2017.
  • Featured Speaker, reading from my short story “Soul Music,” TAST 2.7, San Diego, California, March 2017.