Upcoming Appearances: April 13-14: Roanoke, Hollins University. See details below bio.

Cathryn Hankla is the author of thirteen books of poetry and fiction, including GALAXIES, GREAT BEAR, FORTUNE TELLER MIRACLE FISH, and A BLUE MOON IN POORWATER. Her work has been awarded the James Boatwright III Poetry Prize, a PEN Syndicated Fiction Prize, Breakthrough prizes in poetry and fiction, a Virginia Commission for the Arts fellowship in poetry, and artist's fellowships here and abroad to Malta, Spain, and France. Her poetry is anthologized in World English Poetry, The Nearest Poem Anthology, Shenandoah: 20 Years of Poetry, Mississippi Review Anthology, among others. Hankla's poems, stories, and essays appear regularly in journals such as New World Writing, Arts & Letters, Jubilat, Appalachian Heritage, Denver Quarterly, North American Review, and Alaska Quarterly. A past director of the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University, she has been the Poetry Editor of The Hollins Critic since 1997. Currently, she serves as chairperson of the English & Creative Writing Department at Hollins and teaches undergraduate and graduate literature and writing. She also keeps a studio and enjoys painting and other forms of visual art. In her spare time she is usually training for a 5K, 10K, or 13.1K race. She has run the Blue Ridge Half Marathon three times and completed the Roanoke half marathon Triple Crown. She only runs for shirts and medals and to earn stickers for her car:)

Hankla will appear:
March 12: 40th annual Appalachian Studies Conference, Extreme Appalachia!, VA Tech; 9AM, Appalachian Dreams and Nightmares, Poetry Reading.
March 21: Blue Ridge Community College Lit-Salon
March 22: Virginia Festival of the Book, March 22 at New Dominion Bookshop, 4-5:30pm.
April 13 and 14: Groundhog Poetry Press Launch and Reading, Hollins University; Reading 8:15 on the 13th and Q&A session on the 14th.


Galaxies --NEW!
Great Bear -- Just released!
Last Exposures: a sequence
Poems for the Pardoned
Emerald City Blues
Texas School Book Depository: prose poems
Negative History

Fortune Teller Miracle Fish: stories
The Land Between: a novel
A Blue Moon in Poorwater: a novel
Learning the Mother Tongue: stories

"Lichen and Leaf." Blues from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Greens from the lichen growing on a tree that was changing its colors to orange.