Bob Haynes lives in Scottsdale, Arizona and teaches at Arizona State University. He has an MFA in poetry and has had work featured on VerseDaily and published in journals such as North American Review, Rattle, New Letters, Poetry Northwest, Cimarron Review, First Intensity, and elsewhere. Work has been reprinted in the anthologies Cabin Fever, Kansas City Out Loud, and Approaching Critical Mass, and in the poetry- writing textbook Important Words (Boynton/Cook Heinemann). He is also the author of a book-length poem , The Grand Unified Theory, which examines connections between science and faith. Between 1985 and 1992, he published a literary journal, sponsored contests, and conducted poetry events in Washington, DC, and Alexandria, Virginia. There, he also served as a member of the Folgers Poetry Committee for the Greater Washington, DC, Area. He is the former Division Director of NASA Ames Research Center’s publishing, video, photography, and graphics department. As a writer for the Teacher-in-Space program, he has created educational science for students and educators, producing titles such as Spacesuit; How We Get Pictures From Space; Sentinels in the Sky; and Threshold of Space, and served as the Editorial Advisor for the Golden Book of Space Machines.
Bob Haynes thinks and responds deeply about poetry and about his students’ work. He brings structure to his classes through his own understanding and beliefs about poetry but creates a flexible space within the structure that honors each students own aesthetic. Both of Bob’s classes have created fertile ground for new growth in my writing.
Bob is a fine instructor and goes to a lot of trouble for his classes and the students. He is generous, caring and enthusiastic for all of his students. We and you are lucky to have him. I have learned so much from Bob.
The class was a real stretch for me, and I discovered many new muscles, but I’m very glad I took it and I am amazed at the poetry I produced. As I said earlier, this one is a keeper.
Mary Ann Payne
Excellent. Well-organized, thorough, thoughtful. Bob is an outstanding mentor/teacher. I credit him with two recent publications of work I began/revised in his Daydreams I class.
Bob was one of the most enthusiastic and energetic teachers I have worked with. He spent a ton of time on the course — not just in the lessons, but in corresponding personally with each one of us. His critiquing was insightful and thorough, and he was very sensitive about the writer’s feelings when giving suggestions for revision.
Amy Carden Suardi
The class was excellent; Bob made us write and think and write and then think even more. An excellent experience for me, and I’ve been teaching now for 35 years.
The class content is exceptional. The lessons and assignments are very well planned and give the student a seamless, in-depth learning experience. Mr. Haynes is a true master! He goes the ‘extra mile’ with each student by thoroughly answering each question placed before him by his students. This is coupled, always, with the gift of necessary encouragement all students need during their discovery of a new process… I’ve been telling EVERYONE I know about this class! If your other classes are of this caliber, the internet student of writing is blessed to have you here!
The reading assignments were pertinent, helpful and increasingly challenging. Bob added to those assignments with his own text, which was helpful to me in applying the readings to the poetry assignments. The poetry assignments were, of course, my favorite: every new exercise Bob gave us is an exercise that I plan to continue using in my own practice– very helpful… Bob provided a challenging course with gentle, supportive, consistent and timely feedback. It was my impression that the entire class, including myself, was very enamored with Bob’s teaching abilities and the environment he provided for our growth. I would definitely recommend this course to any friend who has experience with poetry! I am quite sure that when I have the time and finances available I will be taking another course on writers.com… Thank you, again, Bob! Your course has made a significant impact on my writing and reading of poetry!
The “How poems work” class with Bob Haynes was phenomenal! Bob Haynes is a sensitive & caring instructor who knows how to present the finer elements/techniques of poetry in a way beginners & advanced students can learn from and appreciate. I learned a great deal from his clever methods of teaching poetry – never a dull moment! And I continue to reap the benefit of taking this course with him even now – a day doesn’t pass when I don’t use some suggestion of his in my writing. The lessons I learned from Bob will shape my use of poetry & language in the years to come, I’m certain… Bob Haynes went above & beyond the call of duty in this class by always, without fail, offering constructive critique & insightful observations about student work. He is a teacher who cares so much about his students – he was totally accessible and answered emails fast! During the class, he was a great mentor,poet and teacher of inspiration! Truly!… I loved his class! Please somehow figure out a way to have him teach another!