Project Description

Join host Robin Farmer as she sits down with critically-acclaimed poet and author Susan Hankla to discuss Hankla’s new collection of poetry “Clinch River”. Hankla breaks down the styles and influences that contribute to her work.

“In Susan Hankla’s debut poetry collection, Clinch River, Appalachian women can dirt in Mason jars, push husbands down wishing wells, and try to read the signs on Hostess cupcakes. This landscape is made of thorns, where the golden fleece of ambitions snag on troubles. A woman leaves town just so she can write a love letter to her husband. Another dispatches her man down the well. A real body of water in Appalachia, the Clinch is also a clenching river that baptizes souls as it takes them.” (April 2018, 22 minutes)