|Baron Wormser was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He went to Johns Hopkins University and did graduate studies at the University of California, Irvine and the University of Maine. In 1970 he moved to Maine with his wife Janet. From 1975 to 1998 he lived with his family in Mercer, Maine, in an off-the-grid house on forty-eight acres. His memoir, The Road Washes Out in Spring: A Poet’s Memoir of Living Off the Grid, concerns that experience. In 2000 he was appointed Poet Laureate of Maine by then Governor Angus King. He served in that capacity for six years and visited many libraries and schools throughout Maine. In 2009 he joined the Fairfield University MFA program.
Wormser has received the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry and the Kathryn A. Morton Prize along with fellowships from Bread Loaf, the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 2000 he was writer in residence at the University of South Dakota. Wormser founded the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching and also the Frost Place Seminar.He currently resides in Montpelier, Vermont, with his wife.