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Author & Artist

Cathryn Hankla      photo by Karen Messer-Bourgoin

EVENTS & Workshops, etc. 2023


February 17: Friday, 6pm, Book No Further, Roanoke, VA: Immortal Stuff: prose poems, book launch!! (also by zoom).


March 5: Sunday, 2pm, Scuppernong, Greensboro, NC: Immortal Stuff reading/signing.


March 14: Tuesday, 7pm, Blacksburg Books, Blacksburg, VA: Immortal Stuff reading/signing.


April 18: Tuesday, 5:30pm, Market Gallery, Roanoke, VA: Immortal Stuff reading/signing.


April 23: Sunday, 4:30pm, Malaprops Bookstore, Asheville, NC, "Poetrio" Immortal Stuff reading/signing.


June 17: Saturday, 2pm, Church of the Holy Comforter, Monument Ave, Richmond, VA: with Susan Hankla,

joint poetry reading, Q & A, and signing. Books for sale, bring cash!


August 13-18: Vine Cottage Retreat & Workshop w/Cathryn Hankla, limited spaces (inquire).


November 4-5: NatureCulture "Rewilding" festival, I'm reading with a group, November 4 at 3:30, register for free: Nature Culture "Rewilding" Festival




"Write Around the Corner" link to view program


For info on manscript reviews of prose and poetry & poetry tutorials: hanklatome@yahoo.com




Immortal Stuff: prose poems

Not Xanadu
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 Poetry 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


BRIEF BIO of Cathryn Hankla:


Born in the Appalachian mountain town of Richlands, Virginia, Cathryn Hankla is professor emerita of English & creative writing, Hollins University, where she spent most of her academic career. She directed the Jackson Center for Creative Writing, twice chaired the English & Creative Writing Department, and has served as Poetry Editor of The Hollins Critic (since 1996). She was appointed Jackson Professor of Creative Writing 2012-2014.

Hankla has published sixteen books in multiple genres, including IMMORTAL STUFF (prose poems), NOT XANADU (poetry), LOST PLACES: On Losing and Finding Home (a memoir in essays), GALAXIES (poetry), GREAT BEAR (poetry), FORTUNE TELLER MIRACLE FISH (stories), and A BLUE MOON IN POORWATER (novel). Her poetry ranges through forms, received and invented, including prose poems. Her writing 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 The Southern Poetry Anthology, IX: Virginia, A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia, World English Poetry, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Shenandoah: 20 Years of Poetry, and 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.

Hankla exhibits artwork at Market Gallery, Roanoke, and enjoys run/walking along the Roanoke River Greenway.