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."

Stan Sanvel Rubin

Stan Sanvel Rubin

Director

253-535-7221 (office)

Profile

Professional
Emphasis

Creative writing

Responsibilities

Mentor. Workshops and classes in poetry. Oversight of program.

Statement: "This is a small, very selective program for motivated and experienced adults. There are high standards, but no condescension. No enforcing an aesthetic as if it were the aesthetic. Instead, individual choices, individual challenges, individual achievement-all of which it's our job to support.  As a writer, I know writing is a way of being. There's a time for community, and a time for solitude. When we're together, sparks will fly, and there will be high spirits as well as intelligent conversation with people who care about writing. (Bring your passion to residency.) When you're working at home, you will have new voices, new skills, and a new vision working for you. The process matters as much as a credential. The purpose? What you make it."

Personal
Biography

Stan Sanvel Rubin served for over twenty years as Director of the Brockport Writers Forum and Videotape Library (SUNY), a multi-faceted literary arts program. He holds the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The Post-Confessionals
, a collection of his interviews with contemporary American poets, was published by Associated University Presses. Hidden Sequel, winner of the Barrow Street Book Award for 2005, was published in 2006. He is the author of four other collections, Lost and Midnight, both from State Street Press, On the Coast, a chapbook (Pudding House, 2002), and Five Colors, from CustomWords (WordTech, Cincinnati).

His poems have appeared in such magazines as The Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry Northwest, The Georgia Review, The Ohio Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Chelsea, Iowa Review and several anthologies.  He was awarded a 2002 Constance J. Saltonstall Foundation Grant in poetry. He regularly writes essay-reviews of contemporary poetry for the journal, Water-Stone.

A new book of his poems will be published by Lost Horse Press in 2013.