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."

Kevin  Goodan

Kevin Goodan






Mentor. Workshops and classes in poetry.

Statement: "It is my belief that everyone can write poems. We just have to relearn how to let go of our preconceptions, our fears, and allow the poem lead to us where it wants us to go with language. It is my duty as a mentor to assist with the journey to that place within us where our particular poems live."


Kevin Goodan was born in Montana and raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation where his stepfather and brothers are tribal members.  Goodan earned his BA from the University of Montana and worked as a firefighter for ten years with the U.S. Forest Service before receiving his MFA from University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2004.  Goodan’s first collection of poetry, In the Ghost-House Acquainted (2004), won The L.L. Winship/ PEN New England Award in 2005.  His other books include Winter Tenor (2009), and Upper Level Disturbances (2012), the forthcoming Forward Observer: Prophesies (2014), and Let The Voices (2015).  Goodan has taught at the University of Connecticut, and has served as Visiting Writer at Wesleyan University.  He is currently Associate Professor at Lewis-Clark State College and resides in Joel, Idaho.