creative writing

MFA program adds New York Times best-selling author to faculty

Erika L. Sánchez (Photo by Robyn Lindemann)

Randolph College’s new M.F.A. in creative writing program has added yet another nationally recognized and multi-genre author to its faculty. Erika L. Sánchez, a renowned and bestselling poet, novelist, and essayist from Chicago, joins the already stellar lineup. Sánchez’s debut poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion, was published by Graywolf Press in July 2017, and her... READ MORE >>

Randolph Launches New M.F.A. in Creative Writing

From left, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Aviya Kushner, Phillip B. Williams, Layli Long Soldier, Kaveh Akbar, and Mira Jacob

Acclaimed and award-winning writers will serve as first faculty for new program A new graduate program at Randolph will bring some of the hottest writers to campus beginning this summer. Starting in July 2018, Randolph will add a two-year, low-residency Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program, which is the first of its kind... READ MORE >>

Randolph welcomes Class of 2021

New students move in

Randolph College welcomed 239 new students to campus Wednesday during the College’s annual move-in day. “It is always a pleasure to introduce yet another class of students to the Randolph family,” said President Bradley W. Bateman. “The Class of 2021 is a diverse, academically strong group that will bring an array of talents to our... READ MORE >>

Randolph announces new M.F.A. program in creative writing

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Randolph College has announced the addition of a new master of fine arts program in creative writing. The first semester is set to begin in July 2018. The two-year, low-residency M.F.A. program is the first of its kind in Virginia, and will provide an immersive, personalized experience for students of all ages and backgrounds. The... READ MORE >>

Randolph English professor’s poetry published in North American Review, New Ohio Review, Florida Review

Gary Dop

Randolph English professor Gary Dop’s poetry has recently been published in three national literary publications. Dop’s latest poem, “The System Works,” was published in the North American Review, the oldest literary magazine in the United States. He also recently published two new poems—“The Double” and “Marriage at 17 Years”—in the latest issue of New Ohio... READ MORE >>

Randolph alumna wins first-place at international English honor society convention

Katy Boyer '16 wins award at Sigma Tau Delta convention.

Katy Boyer ’16 received the first-place award in the alumni creative writing category at the recent Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Convention. Boyer was honored for her short story, “Apples, Almonds, and Apricots,” which she wrote for her honors senior project. This is the second year in a row that a Randolph student... READ MORE >>

Sugar House Review publishes work by Randolph graduates, professor

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Evan Scarborough ’17, Hannah Edwards ’16, and English professor Gary Dop each earned a byline as contributors for the upcoming Fall/Winter 2016 issue of the award-winning poetry magazine, Sugar House Review. Scarborough, a political science major, graduated from Randolph this month, and Edwards just finished her first semester as a graduate student at the University... READ MORE >>

Alumna musician performing on Mississippi River tour

Claudia Troyer '14 and Adam Springob in the Quad Cities region of Illinois and Iowa.

This fall, Claudia Troyer ’14 is combining two of her favorite hobbies: traveling and performing as a member of the musical duo Springob & Troyer. The pair of Americana/rock musicians is currently canoeing the Mississippi River from Minneapolis, Minnesota to New Orleans, Louisiana as part of a three-month tour. As of Tuesday, they had reached... READ MORE >>

Distinguished alumnae authors to open fall Visiting Writers Series

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Authors Christina Stoddard ’99 and Jennifer Whitaker ’02 are the featured speakers for the first Visiting Writers Series event this fall at Randolph. Both alumnae will read their award-winning poetry in the Alice Ashley Jack Lounge of the Smith Memorial Building Wednesday, September 21, at 8 p.m. Stoddard is the author of Hive, which was selected... READ MORE >>

Randolph student wins best fiction writing award at international convention

Attending the Sigma Tau Delta International Conference were (from left) Elizabeth Dean '16, Lindsay Brents '16, Nikolas Oliver '16, Katy Boyer '16, Miranda Stumpf '16, and English professor Gary Dop.

A Randolph College senior received the top fiction writing award at the Sigma Tau Delta 2016 International Convention earlier this month. Lindsay Brents ’16 received first place in the convention’s fiction category and a cash prize of $600 for her entry, “Two Meditations on Motherhood.” One section of the piece is called “Contre Les Hommes,”... READ MORE >>