The 2006 Visiting Writer Series begins Tuesday, Oct. 3, with readings by Lola Haskins. All series events, sponsored by the WSU Department of English and Museum of Art/WSU, are at 7:30 p.m. at the museum.

Books will be available for purchase at BookPeople of Moscow. For more information, contact Aimee Phan, 335-7309 or aphan@wsu.edu.

Haskins has published eight collections of poetry, most recently “Desire Lines, New and Selected Poems” (BOA, 2004). Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, Christian Science Monitor, London Review of Books and has been broadcast on National Public Radio and the British Broadcasting Corporation. Among her awards are the Iowa Poetry Prize, two from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Emily Dickinson/Writer Magazine prize from the Poetry Society of America, and narrative poetry prizes from the New England Review and the Southern Poetry Review. Visit www.lolahaskins.com.

Other upcoming visiting writers in the series include:

• Paula Coomer, Thursday, Oct. 26, is a former public health nurse who worked to develop public health and community health nursing programs on the Nez Perce and Coeur d’Alene Indian reservations in Idaho. Her fiction, poetry and nonfiction have appeared in several dozen journals, anthologies and publications. Her short story collection, “Summer of Government Cheese,” was released in July from Sandhill Press’ Lewis-Clark imprint. Her poetry collection, “Devil at the Crossroads,” also was released recently.

• Ann Pancake, Thursday, Nov 16, won the 2000 Bakeless award, a Whiting Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, the Glasgow Prize and creative writing fellowships from the states of Washington, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Her fiction and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies like Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, Shenandoah and New Stories from the South. She just finished a novel about mountaintop removal mining in southern West Virginia.

Visiting Writer Series guests planned for the spring include Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler and poet/nonfiction writer C.S. Giscombe.