Upcoming Appearances: Oct. 13, 3pm, Nashville Public Library, "New Works from Master Poets," Southern Festival of the Book; Oct. 14, 2:15pm, panel, Finalists for the Library of Virginia Poetry Prize, James River Writers Festival, Convention Center, Richmond, VA; Oct. 20, 7pm, Black Swan Books and Music, Staunton, VA; Nov. 9, 7pm, VAC Auditorium, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA; Nov. 30, 7pm, Harvest Reading, $10 donation to Feeding SW Virginia; VAC Auditorium, Hollins University; Dec. 2, 2pm, Book No Further, 16 West, Church Ave., Roanoke, VA; Dec. 7, Artemis Reading Celebration, 7pm, Hollins Room, Library, Hollins University.

Born in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, Cathryn Hankla is professor of English and department chair at Hollins University. She teaches writing in the Jackson Center for Creative Writing.

Hankla has published fourteen books in four genres including GALAXIES (2017, poetry), GREAT BEAR (2016, poetry), FORTUNE TELLER MIRACLE FISH (2011, stories), A BLUE MOON IN POORWATER (novel), and the forthcoming memoir in essays, LOST PLACES. 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 grant 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, The Southern Poetry 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.

She directed the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University 2008-2012, and was named the Jackson Professor of Creative Writing 2012-2014. She has been the Poetry Editor of The Hollins Critic since 1997.

Hankla 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:)


Galaxies --NEW!
Great Bear -- Finalist for the Library of Virginia Poetry Prize!
Last Exposures: a sequence
Poems for the Pardoned
Emerald City Blues
Texas School Book Depository: prose poems-- Finalist for the Library of Virginia Prize
Negative History

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

Lost Places (forthcoming, 2018)

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