R.M. Haines was raised in a rural, southern Ohio town of about 3,000 people. He is a first generation college graduate, holding also an MFA and PhD. Presently, he works at a community college, teaching composition and creative writing. 

His writing has appeared in a variety of places, most recently Protean and Prolit. In addition, his first collection of poems, A Dark Address, was released in April 2020 as a free PDF on Gumroad.com. Soon, his second collection, Interrogation Days, will be released by Woe Eroa.

He runs Dead Mall Press (an upstart chapbook press), and is a member of the Poets Union.