Gary Dop

Gary Dop announces second book of poems, Earth Never Settles

Gary Dop

Gary Dop, English professor and director of Randolph’s M.F.A. program in creative writing, has announced that his second book of poems, Earth Never Settles, will be published by Red Hen Press. The title for the book, which will be released in 2020, is inspired by the final line of one of Dop’s poems. He is... 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 >>

Bessenger, Dop approved for tenure

Suzanne Bessenger and Gary Dop

Last week, the Randolph College Board of Trustees approved religious studies professor Suzanne Bessenger and English professor Gary Dop for tenure. Bessenger came to Randolph in 2011 and teaches courses on Asian religions. As an undergraduate, she designed a major in anthropology and Asian studies to complete her degree at Mills College in Oakland, California.... 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 >>

Randolph professor’s op-ed published in Washington Post

Gary Dop

A social justice-themed op-ed by English professor Gary Dop was published in Sunday’s edition of the Washington Post. The article, entitled “A Field Trip’s Hard Lesson,” is the latest in a stream of published works by Dop in the last month. His poem, “The Rain,” was published in the Louisville Review’s 40th anniversary issue, and... READ MORE >>

Sheldon wins Academic Smack Down for the sciences

Physics professor Peter Sheldon (center, left) shows off his championship belt.

As the crowd erupted in deafening cheers and chants of his name, physics professor Peter Sheldon accepted the championship belt as winner of Randolph’s first-ever Academic Smack Down Wednesday night. Sporting a lab coat and bringing his own robot, Sheldon represented the sciences in the playful debate between disciplines, which was designed to help students... READ MORE >>

Faculty to square off in Academic Smack Down

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Three academic disciplines. Three Randolph College professors. Only one will survive! Randolph will host its first-ever Academic Smack Down Wednesday, September 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Hall Theatre. The Academic Smack Down is the ultimate showdown between the academic disciplines at Randolph, each of which will be championed by a feisty faculty member. Sociology... 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 >>