Released on July 14, 2017 and featured on Small Press Distribution’s bestsellers list for July, 2017, Susan Hankla’s debut poetry collection, Clinch River, has Appalachian women canning dirt in Mason jars, pushing husbands down wishing wells, and trying to read the signs on Hostess cupcakes. This landscape is made of thorns, where the golden fleece of ambition snags on troubles. A woman leaves town just so she can write a love letter to her husband. Another dispatches her man down the well. This is a poetry collection you do not want to pass up!
Susan Hankla lives in Richmond, VA. She teaches adult writing classes at the Visual Art Center. In addition to Clinch River, Hankla is the author of a chapbook, I am Running Home, published by Burning Deck Press. Her work can also be found in Gargoyle, Beloit Fiction Journal, Michigan Quarterly Review, Blue Mesa, Artemis, Hollins Critic, Open Places, Southern Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest and the New Virginia Review. Recipient of a Virginia Commission on the Arts Grant for Fiction, and of a fellowship to attend The Frost Place Conference on Poetry in 2011, she has enjoyed being a fellow many times at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a summer presence at Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. A graduate of Hollins University, she has an MFA in creative writing from Brown University.