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Author & Artist

Cathryn Hankla


February: Featured Artist, Market Gallery, 22 Campbell Ave, Roanoke, VA


Saturday, 13th: Featured Reader, Poets & Writers Studio International, View the reading here.


April: New Orleans Poetry Festival: Editing panel, online event.



Stay Tuned for Not Xanadu, coming in March


April: Thursday, 28th, Festival of the Book, by Zoom, noon.

near Hayden, CO

Brief bio: 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 continues to serve as Poetry Editor of The Hollins Critic (1996-). She was appointed Jackson Professor of Creative Writing 2012-2014.

Hankla has published fifteen books in multiple genres, including LOST PLACES: On Losing and Finding Home (a memoir in essays), GALAXIES (poetry), GREAT BEAR (poetry), FORTUNE TELLER MIRACLE FISH (stories), A BLUE MOON IN POORWATER (novel), and NOT XANADU (poetry, Mercer University Press, March 2022). 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 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 running and walking the Greenway along the Roanoke River.



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