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."

Lola  Haskins

Lola Haskins






Mentor. Workshops and classes in poetry.

Statement: "Our students make this program what it is. They're smart, interesting people, and they support rather than undercut each other. Partly because of that, and partly because they're so open to their mentors, they tend to flower here and I love getting to watch. I have a   supremely lucky job. Working with writers to help them say as beautifully as possible what they came to say, rewards me well beyond what anyone could write on a check."


Lola Haskins’ poems have appeared in The Atlantic, the London Review of Books, The New York Quarterly, Beloit Poetry Journal, Georgia Review, Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. Her most recent collection is Still, the Mountain (Paper Kite, 2010). The Grace to Leave is coming from Anhinga Press in early 2012.

Ms. Haskins' first book of nonfiction: Fifteen Florida Cemeteries: Strange Tales Unearthed  (University Press of Florida) is just out. Other prose writings include environmental essays, an illustrated book of fables about women, Solutions Beginning with A (Modernbook), and a poetry advice book: Not Feathers Yet: A Beginner's Guide to the Poetic Life (Backwaters). 

Among her awards are the Iowa Poetry Prize, two NEA fellowships, four fellowships from the Florida Department of State, the Emily Dickinson Prize from Poetry Society of America, and narrative poetry prizes from The New England Review and Southern Poetry Review.  She retired in 2005 from teaching Computer Science at University of Florida in Gainesville