creative writing

Randolph adds 2018 Whiting Award winner to M.F.A. program faculty

Patty Yumi Cottrell (photo by Beowulf Sheehan)

Another nationally known, award-winning author is the newest member of the faculty for Randolph College’s new M.F.A. in creative writing program. Patty Yumi Cottrell, a fiction/nonfiction writer and winner of the 2018 Whiting Award for emerging writers, joins the program, which starts this summer. Cottrell’s first novel, Sorry To Disrupt the Peace, was long-listed for... READ MORE >>

Randolph English major wins second place for essays at national convention

Miranda Hudson '18

Miranda Hudson ’18 recently won second place in the creative nonfiction category for her essays at the 2018 Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Convention, held in Cincinnati, Ohio. Hudson’s award-winning piece, “Orokomono,” was a moving essay about her journey to uncover stories of her Taiwanese grandmother. It sprung from the death of her... READ MORE >>

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 this summer. Pardlo’s poetry collection, Digest, won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He has also been selected for fellowships with the Guggenheim Foundation, the... READ MORE >>

Visiting writers event to highlight work by Randolph MFA faculty member

Kaitlyn Greenidge

Randolph’s first Visiting Writers Series event of spring 2018 will feature a reading by Kaitlyn Greenidge, a novelist and faculty member for the College’s new M.F.A. in creative writing program. The program is scheduled Monday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. in the Alice Ashley Jack Room of Smith Hall. Greenidge is a Whiting Award winner,... 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 >>

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 >>