Division of HumanitiesMFA in Creative Writing - Low Residency

Rainier Writing Workshop

"I am impressed with the caliber, commitment, and generosity of the faculty. Their willingness to engage with us in and out of our classroom made this experience unlike any other I've had."

Greg Glazner

Greg Glazner

Poetry, Mixed-Genre, Criticism







Mentor. Workshops and classes in poetry, mixed-genre, and criticism.

Statement: "I love the reciprocal relationship between technical matters on the one hand, and subject matter on the other. I've been focused for years on how the explosiveness of just being alive can call into question the aptness of one’s acquired technique. Equally, I've been fascinated with how a technical revision—cutting a weak stanza, say, or letting the sound of a word dictate a next phrase that unmoors some of a poem’s original intended meaning—can sometimes result in vastly livlier subject matter. I think that the most difficult and rewarding thing about being a writer is that we are forced to honor two opposite and essential necessities at once: the necessity to learn and master craft, and the necessity to be given over to a process that takes us beyond our conscious intentions into something more akin to dreaming. I go to lengths to make sure that my workshops and mentor relationships honor this rich doubleness."

Greg Glazner is the author of two books of poetry, Singularity (W.W. Norton, 1997) and From the Iron Chair (1992), which was chosen by Charles Wright for the 1991 Walt Whitman Award. His chapbook, Walking Two Landscapes, was published in 1984.

A recipient of the Bess Hokin Award, his poetry, fiction, and multi-genre work has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, The Colorado Review, The New England Review, Idaho Review, Seneca Review, and many other magazines.  He received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2005. His multi-genre novel, Rag in a Loud Wind, is in the final stages of revision. He is a visiting writer at the University of California, Davis.