***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER.***
Cathryn Hankla will present her work Thursday, Feb. 6th, at 8 PM in the Art & Design Building, Heydel Hall (Room 120) as part of the Zone 3 Reading Series. A reception and book signing will follow. This event is free and open to the public.
Born in the Appalachian Mountain town of Richlands, 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.
She directed the Jackson Center for Creative Writing 2008-2012, and was named the Jackson Professor of Creative Writing 2012-2014.
Hankla has published fourteen 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), and A BLUE MOON IN POORWATER (novel). Her poetry ranges through forms, received and invented, with one book entirely of prose poems: Texas School Book Depository. 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 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 keeps a painting studio, regularly shows work, and enjoys running and walking the Greenway along the Roanoke River. Learn more here.