poetry

Pulitzer Prize winner to kick off Randolph’s first M.F.A. residency

Gregory Pardlo

Randolph’s new M.F.A. in creative writing program will celebrate the beginning of its inaugural residency this summer with a Pulitzer Prize winning author. Gregory Pardlo will meet with M.F.A. students and deliver a public keynote reading on July 28. Pardlo’s poetry collection, Digest, won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He has also been selected... READ MORE >>

Professor Laura-Gray Street publishes chapbook of poems

Laura-Gray Street

Randolph English professor Laura-Gray Street recently published a collection of poems in the chapbook, Shift Work. Printed by Red bird Chapbooks, the publication explores the often overlooked role of women and femininity in the historical struggle for dignity in work. In addition to her writing accomplishments, last fall Street received Randolph’s Kathryn Graves Davidson Service... READ MORE >>

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 >>

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 >>

History lessons

Shaun Spencer-Hester shows Nour Elkhamra '17 a wall of photos kept by her grandmother, Anne Spencer.

When Nour Elkhamra ’17 moved from Canada to the United States several years ago, she quickly realized life in America is much different from how it’s portrayed in the movies. This summer, she is getting even more lessons in American culture and history as part of a Summer Research project at the Anne Spencer House... 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 >>

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 >>