Haskins... understands Lorca's idea of duende a passionate spirit and evokes it naturally in her work. -- Booklist
Lola Haskins taught Computer Science at the University of Florida for many years and is currently (since 2006) on the faculty of Rainier Writers Workshop a low residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma Washington. She is the owner of a split heart being passionate about both Florida and North Yorkshire. Most of the time she lives in Gainesville FL.
Her most recent Anhinga Press book The Grace to Leave (2012) was selected as one of the titles in our Van K. Brock Florida Poetry Series.
"She is certainly one of the few original voices among American poets. She takes big risks and her poetry penetrates straight to the marrow of the bone." -- Midwest Quarterly
"One longs to know this poet to share her wise communion with whatever is alive in all its manifestations." -- Alsop Review
"She knows we are rooted to the earth but long for stars. And she's wise enough to know that love searches us out." -- Northwest Arkansas Times
"She writes with the startling freedom and grace of a kite flying and with the variety and assurance of invention that reveal in image after image the dream behind the waking world." -- W.S. Merwin
"No American poet of her generation creates more brilliant images or more compelling voices." -- Susan Ludvigson
"Lola Haskins' range is broad her perceptions are always surprising. Natural objects surpass themselves... in this lively adventuresome collection." -- Maxine Kumin