“Baker is blessed with an exacting eye for the disturbing and humorous detail and an ability to hear pain and sorrow, joy and delight, a rare talent who can make you smile and cringe and think in the same sentence.” -Thomas King

Bad Endings, winner of the City of Vancouver Book Award, finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Award, the BC Book Prizes Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, and the Emerging Indigenous Voices Award for fiction



Creative writing instructor at Simon Fraser University

Writer in Residence and Shadbolt Fellow in the Humanities at Simon Fraser University

Book Reviews for The Globe And Mail, Quill & Quire, The Literary Review of Canada, The Malahat Review, EVENT Magazine


Bad Endings. A short story collection. Anvil Press, April 2017

The Closest We’ll Get To Neon (Chapbook). 2016

Film/ Multimedia

Sound artist/ poet Confluence at Aberdeen Canyon. Interactive sound project with musician/ composer Anthony Wallace. Dec 2015- Feb 2016. Arts Commons, Calgary Centre for the Performing Arts. Listen to a sample on Soundcloud.

Contributing artist The Peel. Filmmakers: Calder Cheverie, Anthony Wallace. (IMDb page) 

Guest poet/ writer Fools Love: A 40 Week Journal. Filmmaker: Kerry Barber. (Dawson City Intl. Short Film Festival. CAN. 2013) (Wairoa Maori Film Festival. NZ. 2013)


Watch Your Head: Writers and Artists Respond to the Climate Crisis (Coach House, October 2020)

  • Fiction: Grey Water

Rising Tides: Reflections for Climate Changing Times (Caitlin Press, November 2019)

  • Fiction: Where Were You?

Body and Soul: Stories for Skeptics and Seekers (Caitlin Press, March 2019)

  • Essay: In a Canoe, Chasing my Metis Grandmother

Vancouver Noir (Akashic Press, November 2018)

  • Fiction: The Midden

Everyday People: The Color of Life (Simon & Schuster, 2018)

  • Fiction: Moosehide

Best Canadian Essays (Tightrope Books, 2016)

  • Essay: Dinner With The Vittrekwas

The Journey Prize Anthology (Penguin Random House, Fall 2016)

  • Fiction: Chins and Elbows

In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation (Brindle & Glass, Spring 2016)

  • Creative Non-Fiction: The Importance Of Rivers

Work in Translation

Polja: Časopis za književnost | Teoriju No. 511 May/June 2018

  • Fiction: Last Woman (Poslednja Žena)

The Globe and Mail


Asparagus Magazine Jan 2021

  • This Land Doesn’t Need a White Saviour

Poetry is Dead  Nov 2018

  • Grow Your Hair Long: A Conversation with Waub Rice. 

Quill & Quire Nov 2018

The Literary Review of Canada September 2018

Quill & Quire August 2018

The Short Story Advent Calendar. Hingston & Olsen. Winter 2017

Fiction: Last Woman

The New Quarterly Spring 2017

  • Essay: In a Canoe, Chasing my Metis Grandmother Like a Dummy

Room Magazine Spring 2017

  • Fiction: Midwives

subTerrain Issue 76,  May 2017

  • Interview: #Resistance150: A Conversation Between Carleigh Baker and Jordan Abel

The Literary Review of Canada November 2016

  • Fiction review: Katherena Vermette’s The Break

The Malahat Review December 2016

Matrix Magazine October 2016

  • Fiction: Read These Postcards In A Gonzo Journalist Voice

subTerrain Issue 74,  Sept 2016

  • Fiction: Shoe Shopping With The Cash Poor

The Rusty Toque July 2016

Quill & Quire May 2016

The Goose Spring 2016

EVENT Magazine Winter 2015

The Malahat Review Winter 2015

Joyland Magazine Oct 2015

PRISM International Fall/Winter 2015

Matrix Magazine July 2015

subTerrain Issue 70, May 2015

  • Fiction: Chins and Elbows

EVENT Magazine May 2014

Joyland Magazine Aug 2013

subTerrain Issue 63, Jan 2013

  • Fiction: Last Call (Winner, 2012 Lush Triumphant awards.)

Ricepaper Jan 2013

The Other Press

Public Speaking

  • Surrey Writers’ Conference 2019. Keynote Speaker: Dashed expectations and Epic Wins
  • The Fraser Valley Literary Festival 2018. Keynote Speaker: Allyship on the page: Writing Indigenous Characters, Telling Indigenous Stories
  • Canadian Writers’ Summit 2016. White People Listening: Becoming an effective ally to the process of reconciliation. Moderator/ speaker
  • Canadian Writers’ Summit 2016. In This Together contributor’s panel. Speaker
  • The Indigenous Arts Festival at Fort York 2016. In This Together panel. Speaker
  • BC Nurses Union Human Rights Conference 2015 & 2017. Breakout speaker

Interviews/ Festivals (selected)

Awards/ Recognition

  • Winner of the City of Vancouver Book Award, 2017
  • Finalist for the BC Book Prize Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award
  • Finalist for the Rogers Writer’s Trust Award, 2017
  • SSHRC Research Scholarship recipient, 2017
  • Journey Prize Anthology selection for Chins and Elbows, 2015
  • Best Canadian Essays selection for Dinner With The Vittrekwas, 2015/16
  • National Magazine Award nomination for Dinner With The Vittrekwas, 2015/16
  • Joyland Magazine, Publisher’s Top Five pick, 2013 and 2015
  • Journey Prize nomination for War of Attrition, 2014
  • subTerrain: Lush Triumphant award for fiction, 2012
  • Maurice Hodgson memorial award for creative writing, 2011


  • Founder/ Coordinator: UBC Indigenous lit reading circle
  • Guest editor: Poetry is Dead Magazine Metal Issue 2018
  • Editorial intern Event Magazine.
  • Co-Host The Writer’s Studio Reading Series.
  • Founder and editor SWINE. Douglas College student run poetry ‘zine.
Photo: Aurora Darwin

Photo: Aurora Darwin

1 thought on “About

  1. flouann

    Carleigh, if you were a founder of Swine – you must have been at Douglas College before I studied poetry there in 2011 (& again in 2015).
    A hearty congratulations from me for the path you are creating!


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