Literary vita lola haskins

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Born 1943.

B.A. 1965, Stanford University, Summa Cum Laude (Major field, Social Thought)

The Rim-Benders. Anhinga Press. Spring 2002.
Desire Lines, New and Selected Poems. Story Line Press. June 2001.
Extranjera. Story Line Press, 1998.
A Lifetime from Any Land We Knew (chapbook). Retrospective issue, with interview. Yarrow, Kutztown University, 1998.

Visions of Florida. University Press of Florida, 1994. Introductory essay (prose poem) to photographs

by Woody Walters

Hunger. University of Iowa Press, 1993. Winner, Edwin Ford Piper Award (Iowa Poetry Prize),1992.

Second Edition, Story Line Press, 1996.

Forty-Four Ambitions for the Piano. University Press of Florida, 1990. Second Edition, Betony Press, 1994.
Across Her Broad Lap Something Wonderful. State Street Press (NY), 1989.
Castings. Countryman Press (Woodstock, VT), 1984. Second Edition, Betony Press , 1991.
Planting the Children. University Presses of Florida, 1983.

“Flight” (essay) in Feary Tales, Rhonda J, Nelson, ed, forthcoming, 2002.
"Story" in an anthology on the life and work of Glenn Gould, J.D. Smith, Editor, John Gordon Burke Publisher, Inc., forthcoming 2001.
"Fishing" in Fresh Water, Pudding House Press, 2001.
"Jacked" and "Times" in 9mm, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2001.
"The Amateur" in Contexts and Possibilities, Stephen Murabito, Ed., Prentice-Hall, 2000.
"For Someone Considering Death" in American Diaspora, University of Iowa Press, 2000.
"On Collaboration" in Making Musics. Garland Press, 2000.
" Hide and Seek", in Third Stream: Writing Across the Boundaries between Poetry and Prose. Lonesome Traveler Publishing Company, Madison, WI. 1999.
"Lo Que Yo Me Entere", in Floating Borderlands, Twenty-Five Years of Hispanic Poetry, University of Washington Press, 1998
The Shoes" and "Message" in Best of Sojourner, University of Illinois Press, 1998.
"Accidentals" in "In the Gulf with Balaji" in Always the Beautiful Answer: A Prose Poem Primer. Kings Estate Press, 1998.
"Florida" and "Matanzas" in My Shameless St. Augustine Scrapbook, Ruth Moon Kempher, ed, Kings Estate Press, 1998.
"Tools" in The World's Best Poetry, Roth Publishing, Great Neck, NY, 1998.
"Winston, you were Wrong" and "Cleaning Cotton at Night" in Florida in Poetry, Pineapple Press, 1995.
"A Confluence", "The Prodigy", "How I Learned", "Matanzas", and "Uchepas" in Isle of Flowers, Anhinga, 1995.
"This is How I Like It", "Today I Didn't Wear", "I Spent the Night", and "I Want This Poem" in Woman as Is, William Packard, ed., Dell, New York 1995.
"A Note on the Acquisition..." in Articulations, University of Iowa Press, 1994.
"At Eighty" in Women and Death, Ground Torpedo Press, Ann Arbor, 1994.
"Things" in The State Street Reader, Judith Kitchen Editor, State Street Press, Brockport NY, 1990.
"This is How I Like It" in The Art of Poetry Writing, William Packard, St Martin's Press, NY 1993.
"To Play Pianissimo" and "The Prodigy" in Mixed Voices, Milkweed Editions, 1990.
"A Note on the Acquisition..." in North of Wakulla, Anhinga Press, 1990.
"To Wear the Veil" in Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry, Monitor Book Company, Los Angeles, 1989.
"Employment" in Polyphony, Panther Press, 1989.
"Secrets of the Fur Trade" in Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry, Monitor Book Company, Los Angeles, 1988.
"Identities" in Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry, Monitor Book Company, Los Angeles, 1985.
"This is How I Like It" and "I want this Poem" in Desire, St Martin's Press, NY 1985.
"Married Blues" in A Space Behind the Clock, Anhinga Press, 1976.

Abiko International Literary Quarterly (Japan)



Alchemist/Light Pamphlets


American Scholar

Americas Review

Artful Dodge

Atlanta Gazette

Altlantic Monthly

Back Door

Beloit Poetry Journal


California Quarterly



Carleton Miscellany

Chariton Review

Christian Science Monitor

Connecticut Review

Controlled Burn

Cream City Review


DeKalb Literary Arts Journal

Defined Providence


Florida Review

Florida Quarterly


Free Lunch

Gallery (England)

Georgia Review

Half Tones to Jubilee

International Quarterly

Iowa Review




Key West Review

The Literary Magazine

The Little Magazine

A Local Muse

London Magazine

London Review of Books

Lowell Review

Many Mountains Moving

The Midwest Quarterly

Minnesota Review

Mississippi Review

Missouri Review

Maine Edition

Negative Capability

New American and Canadian Poetry

New CollAge

New England Review/Breadloaf Quarterly

New York Quarterly

New Virginia Review




Ohio Review

Outposts (England)

Passages North

Perspectives of New Music



Poet Lore

Poetry Review (London)


Prairie Schooner

Quarterly West


River City



The Small Farm

This is Not Art


Southwest Review

Southern Humanities Review

Southern Poetry Review

Southern Review

Tampa Review

Texas Quarterly

The Review

West Branch

Wisconsin Review


Writer in Residence, The Writer's Voice, Tampa, FL YMCA, Fall 2000.
MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, N.H. , fellow, 1998.
Teaching Improvement Program Award, 1997. University-wide recognition for teaching excellence.
1996-97 Poetry Judge, Associated Writing Programs Intro Competition.
Abiko Quarterly (Japan) international poetry competition. Second place, 1996. For "Message Received in the Engine Room".
Business College Teacher of the Year, University of Florida College of Business, 1996.
Citation for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts in Alachua County. Award given by Penwomen, City of Gainesville Department of Nature and Cultural Operations, and the Alachua County Council on the Arts, 1995.
The Alice Faye Di Castagnola Award, Poetry Society of America. Finalist. For Extranjera. 1995.
The Writer Magazine/Emily Dickinson Award. Poetry Society of America. For "Tuning". 1995.
Celia B. Wagner Award. Poetry Society of America. For "Nombres". Runner-up, 1993.
Edwin Ford Piper Award, (University of Iowa Press Book Prize), 1992.
Simon Daro Davidowicz International Poetry Competition. Honorable Mention for "The Coup" 1992.
New England Review/Breadloaf Quarterly, First Prize in Narrative Poetry, for "Six Cairns for Mary", 1989.
New York Quarterly, Madeline Sadin Award. For "The Man Who Worked with Fellini", 1987.
First Lectureship in Historical Poetry, Library Company of Philadelphia, 1986.
Southern Poetry Review, First Prize for Narrative Poetry, for "Changing the Speed Limit", 1981.
Southern Poetry Review, Third Prize for Narrative Poetry, for "Traffic", 1980.
National Endowment for the Arts, Fellowship in Literature, 1984.
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Fellowships in Literature, 1979, 1981, and 1990.
Poems and Commentary on National Public Radio: WDAV-FM (Charlotte NC) and WUFT-FM (Gainesville, Florida), ongoing.
"Jane's War", A Civil War story and poems, with music. . WUFT-FM (National Public Radio), Gainesville, Florida, 1999.
Featured on Society of Underground Poets, hour-long program on World (Public) radio;

Lexington, KY February. 1999.

"Stefan and Marishka" a retelling of the Orpheus myth), ongoing collaboration with Scott Wheeler, composer. To include dance, soloists, chorus, and instrumental ensemble.
Four poems from Forty-Four Ambitions for the Piano, with Jackie Hairston on piano. Atlantic Center for the Arts, July 1998.
Forty-Four Ambitions for the Piano, a performance with Kevin Sharpe, classical piano and James Paul Sain, composer, at Florida State Music Teachers Annual Conference, November 1998; repeated at Central Florida Community College, April 1999. Broadcast on WUFT-FM, April 2000 and October, 2000.
Four Poems (from Forty-Four Ambitions for the Piano), music for saxaphone, piano, and voice by Beth Weimann, 1998. Winner, Orvis Composition Prize. To be performed at the University of Hawaii, March 2000.
"Spiderweb with Insect" for Spiderwebs, symphonic tone poem by Raymond Chobaz, Gainesville Symphony, 1997
"Boy in the Dark". Libretto for Chorus and Dance. With David Rakowski. Boston Musica Viva, 1997.
"Etches": Four Songs (from Forty-Four Ambitions for the Piano), for voice and piano; composer Bud Udell, 1996.
Featured writer in 1995-1996 Poet's Market (Writer's Digest Books, 1995).
Two poems on Phone-A-Poem, Emerson College, Boston, 1994.
"New Letters on the Air", a syndicated NPR show, Missouri, ( Interview and readings), 1994.
Interview, NPR, by Bill Dudley, Florida Humanities Council Series, 1993.
"Forty-Four Ambitions for the Piano", a performance with Kevin Sharpe (pianist) and James Paul Sain (composer) 1992.
Speaker's Bureau, Florida Humanities Council, 1992, 1993.
"New Letters on the Air", a syndicated NPR show (with Pattiann Rogers), Missouri, 1986.
"Poetry Now", BBC radio, London, thirteen poems at various times; readings, Plath and HD.
"Symphony for a Saint", Libretto for Symphony Orchestra, Soloists and Dance. Premiered in Tuscaloosa, Alabama 1988 (John White, composer).
"Momotaro the Peach Boy", Words and Photographs. With Dianne Farris, photographer. The Art Collector Gallery, Gainesville, Florida, 1990.
TEACHING (selected):
Featured Speaker, Annual Convention of Federation of State Poetry Societies, Melbourne, FL 2001.
Featured Speaker, Books Alive! Writer’s Conference, Panama City, FL 1998 and 2001.
Keynote Speaker, Kirtland (MI) Young Writer's Conference, 2000.
Master Artist , Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL. , 1998.
Faculty/Featured Speaker, Charleston (SC) Writer's Conference, 1998.
Keynote Speaker, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Annual Literary Conference, Jacksonville, Florida, 1997.
Faculty, Suncoast Writer's Conference, St Petersburg FL, 1997.
Writer in residence, Writers and Books, Rochester NY, with workshop ("On Performance"),1996.
Faculty, White River Writer's Workshop, Batesville, AR, 1995.
Faculty, The North Shore Young Writers' Conference. Waverly, MA. 1993-1996.
Gainesville, FL, Writers in the Schools Program, teaching the writing of poetry to middle school and high school, 1986-1992.
Lecturer, Making Florida Home, a six week series on fiction set in Florida, funded by Florida Humanities Council, 1994.
Lecturer, Let's Talk About It, a six week series on women's history, funded by the State Library of Florida, 1993.
Lecturer, Encounters, a six week library class in great poets, funded by the Florida Humanities Council (2 series), 1991.
Lecturer , University of Florida, Computer and Information Sciences. 1979 to date.
Creative Writing workshops at various universities and arts venues, 1973 to date.(references available)
Poets and Writers (NY), listed since 1978.

Phi Beta Kappa (academic honor soc.), Chair, Creative Arts Committee, 1994-97, Vice President 1997-98, President 1998-99.

Poetry Society of America.
-With inklings of Vallejo, Haskins takes the stance of a foreigner tottering between "home" and "other" in this thin but powerful collection of poetry. Haskins' other poems are small vignettes and stories, of brief glimpses into the lives of locals and travelers. Tightly worded, they snap with a mariachi's nimble feel for music. Haskins has a gift for juggling pain and pleasure, wisdom and fear, life and death, as she explores Mexican culture. She understands Lorca's idea of duende, a passionate spirit, and evokes it naturally in her work. Her writing demonstrates an acuteness of perception and a maturity of restraint that are refreshing because they produce subtle, thoughtful expressions that stand out from today's stream of in your face, confessional and theraputic verse. Extranjera, Haskins' seventh book of poetry, seems flawed in only one way, its title. For the cumulative effect of this collection of poems is to reveal Lola Haskins as no foreigner to these poetic landscapes. Here, she is on solid home ground.
- is a cabinet of crystals each one with a cutting edge. It's a wonder.
Beloit Poetry Journal
- She knows we are rooted to the earth but long for stars...And she's wise enough to know that love searches us out. Dazzling.
Charlotte (N.C.) Observer
-She takes risks and the risks pay off. This is an altogether satisfying book.
Northwest Arkansas Times
-(the poems) richly present the experience of women, as the complexity of their material, emotional, and imaginative lives presses against the constraints of their assigned roles... wonderfully evocative
Hudson Review
-..convincing and exquisitely visual. It plays off a painterly use of visualization and technique even as it enacts the limits of such artistry in the face of real feeling...It is the clarity of Haskins' poems (and her speakers') observations combined with the sometimes elegant, sometimes searing restraint with which the observations are made, that gives these poems their impact.
Colorado Review

-The poems, if they are feminist, are so in the best sense of that term, because they do more than prescribe political territory. They engage in real exploration. (These poems) have depth of feeling as well as historical insight..true radiance.

Southern Humanities Review

Forty-Four Ambitions for the Piano

-This charming work should appeal to musicians as much as to readers of poetry...More books like this would widen poetry's audience.


-Throughout the history of Western music composers have joined poets in setting existing poems to music. The profoundly gifted poet, Lola Haskins, has accomplisted a splendid reversal by writing about the piano and its interpreters... Haskins is a first-rate poet, and Forty-Four Ambitions is recommended for delightful reading and a modest gift to a fellow teacher of piano.

American Music Teacher.
-I first saw this exquisite book as a Ravenna mosaic, the impact of the carefully set, dazzling, tesserae much more than the sum of their parts. On re-reading I learned to appreciate it as a single piece of music, playing through the pages like the Bach sarabande that runs across the seven chapter titles. A magician of metaphor, Haskins composes these forty-four compact poems so the whole book becomes a glowing metaphor for the relationship of art and life.
Beloit Poetry Journal

-The reader is continually delighted by juxtapositions that are audacious yet fitting...Patterns of Haskins' pieces continue to resonate after closing the book. (Forty-Four Ambitions) is no small achievement.

New Letters

-Already I find myself looking at scores in a new and fresh way. Thank you!

Nelita True, Chair Piano Department, Eastman School of Music
-A unique book!
American College of Musicians

Across Her Broad Lap Something Wonderful

-Enjoyed it thoroughly. It's especially fine how the poems all reflect on each other.

Beloit Poetry Journal

-She is certainly one of the few original voices among young American poets. She takes big risks, and her poetry penetrates straight to the marrow of the bone.

Midwest Quarterly.

-Historical accuracy blends easily with lyrical invention ... Haskins unavoidably enters the lives of those she considers ... stunning realism.

Southern Poetry Review.

-Elegant, thoughtful, sophisticated poems.

Beloit Poetry Journal

Planting the Children

-A fine first volume. The poems spring to life like plants.

Hudson Review
-What she has to say is likely to remain in memory.

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