Cathryn Hankla

Cathryn Hankla

In my classes, students encounter works of literature as works of art, made things arising from individual consciousness, experience, and context, and experiment by making works of their own in conversation with published works and reader response. By developing and honing one’s revision skills and critical vocabulary, a writer can have a huge impact that resonates with many different readers over time.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Creative Writing: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, scripts and hypertext
  • Creative Writing Pedagogy
  • Cross-Genre literature, including prose poetry
  • Short fiction
  • Image & Word, trans-artistic practice

Courses Taught

  • Cross-Genre & Experimental Literature
  • How Writing is Written
  • Advanced Creative Writing Seminar
  • Graduate Tutorial
  • Cartooning


  • B.A., M.A., Hollins College

Publications & Articles

  • Lost Places: On Losing and Finding Home (memoir in essays), 2018
  • Galaxies (poems), 2017
  • Great Bear (poems), 2016
  • Fortune Teller Miracle Fish (stories), 2011
  • Last Exposures (a sequence of poems), 2004
  • The Land Between (novel), 2003
  • Emerald City Blues (poems), 2002
  • Poems for the Pardoned (poems), 2002
  • Texas School Book Depository (prose poems), 2000


  • Poetry Editor, The Hollins Critic
  • Herta Freitag Faculty Legacy Award (2018, 2000)
  • James Boatwright III Poetry Award
  • Finalist for the Library of Virginia Prize (2017, 2001)
  • Susan Gager Jackson Professor of Creative Writing, 2012-2014
  • PEN Syndicated Fiction Prize
  • Virginia Commission for the Arts Grant