Check out the online feature on “Poems of the Spirit” that I edited for Poetry International here!
Luke Hankins was born in Mississippi in 1984 and grew up in Louisiana before moving to his current home in Asheville, North Carolina. He is a graduate of the Indiana University MFA Program in Creative Writing, where he held the Yusef Komunyakaa Fellowship in Poetry. His second poetry collection, Radiant Obstacles—shortlisted for the 2016 Periplum Poetry Book Competition (Plymouth University, UK)—was released by Wipf & Stock in 2020. He is also the author of the poetry collection Weak Devotions and a book of essays, The Work of Creation, and is the editor of Poems of Devotion: An Anthology of Recent Poets. A collection of his translations from the French of Stella Vinitchi Radulescu, A Cry in the Snow & Other Poems—noted in the The New York Times Book Review—was released in an international edition by Seagull Books in 2019.
Hankins is the founder and Editor of Orison Books, a non-profit literary press focused on the life of the spirit from a broad and inclusive range of perspectives. He also serves as Senior Editor at Asheville Poetry Review. Hankins currently teaches in the Lenoir-Rhyne MA/MFA in Writing Program and UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program.
Awarded the 2016 Dash Literary Journal poetry prize and shortlisted for the 2015 Montreal International Poetry Prize, Hankins’ poems, essays, and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous periodicals, including 32 Poems, American Literary Review, The Collagist, EcoTheo Review, EuropeNow, Image, Linebreak, New England Review, New Poetry in Translation, Pleiades, Poetry International, storySouth, Verse, Waxwing, West Branch, World Literature Today, and The Writer’s Chronicle, as well as on the American Public Media radio program “On Being.” His poems have been anthologized in Misrepresented People: Poetic Responses to Trump’s America (New York Quarterly Books, 2018), The Poet’s Quest for God (Eyewear Publishing, UK, 2016), The World is Charged: Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins (Clemson University Press, 2016), The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol. VII: North Carolina (Texas Review Press, 2015), The Global Poetry Anthology (Signal Editions, Canada, 2015), and Becoming Fire: Spiritual Writing from Rising Generations (Cascade Books, 2009). Some of his poems have been translated into Albanian, French, and Serbian.