2018 EVENTS:

20th, Saturday: Roanoke Regional Writers Conference, Saturday, Hollins University.
25th, Thursday, 6:45 & 8pm: "Poetry Under the Stars," Radford University Planetarium.

26th, Monday: Harrison Museum, Roanoke, VA, discussion with Beth Macy, author of
True Vine.

2nd, Friday, 7:30pm: Rivermont Studio, Lynchburg, VA, poetry reading, GALAXIES and
9th, Friday, 11am: AWP Conference, Tampa, FL, book signing, GALAXIES, at the Mercer
U Press booth.
22nd, Thursday: Falls Creek Book Club, Durango, CO, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction
reading and discussion.

7th, Saturday, 11:15-12:30: Appalachian Studies Association, Cincinnati, OH,
"Outliers: Women's Voices of Place and Displacement."
28th, Saturday, 1:30pm: BookNoFurther, 16 West, Church Ave, Roanoke, VA,
reading/​signing, LOST PLACES:On Losing and Finding Home.

5th, Saturday, 10:30am-noon, New Dominion Bookshop, on the Charlottesville Mall,
LOST PLACES reading/​signing.
16th, Wednesday, 6pm: Malaprops Bookstore/​Cafe, Asheville, NC, reading/​signing
LOST PLACES, in conversation with Richard Chess, Chair of English, UNC-A.

1st, Friday, 3pm, Hollins University, Reunion!
7th, Thursday, 6pm, Chop Suey Books, Richmond, VA

Born in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, Cathryn Hankla is professor of English & creative writing and department chair at Hollins University. She teaches in The Jackson Center for Creative Writing, and serves as Poetry Editor for The Hollins Critic.

Hankla has published fourteen books of including GALAXIES (poetry), GREAT BEAR (poetry), FORTUNE TELLER MIRACLE FISH (stories), A BLUE MOON IN POORWATER (novel), and the forthcoming memoir in essays, LOST PLACES: On Losing and Finding Home (memoir in essays). Her work has been awarded the James Boatwright III Poetry Prize, a PEN Syndicated Fiction Prize, 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 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.

Hankla also keeps a painting studio. In her spare time she is usually hanging out with friends or running along the Roanoke Greenways. She has run the Blue Ridge Half Marathon three times and completed the Roanoke half marathon Triple Crown in 2016.


Galaxies --Latest Poetry!
Great Bear --Finalist for the Library of Virginia Poetry Prize
Last Exposures
Poems for the Pardoned
Emerald City Blues
Texas School Book Depository-- Finalist for the Library of Virginia Prize
Negative History

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

Lost Places: On Losing and Finding Home (April, 2018)