Gary Dop grew up flying back and forth from Germany and the United States, and he landed in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where he serves as an associate professor of English and the founding director of the Randolph College Master of Fine Arts, Virginia's only low-residency M.F.A. program, and a program that POETS & WRITERS called "a new M.F.A. program that makes diversity its mission."
Dop writes poems, short stories, essays, plays, and screenplays. His work has been heard on All Things Considered, read in the Washington Post, and been published in literary magazines throughout the country, including Georgia Review, Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, New Letters, Sugar House Review, and North American Review. Gary's first collection of poems Father, Child, Water was a bestselling poetry title with Red Hen Press in 2015, and sold out of its first print run in less than two months.
In other modes, Gary has written, consulted for, directed, and sold scripts for video and film projects (commercials, short films, documentaries, features, etc.), and his plays have been produced in small venues around the country. His most recent play is the full length absurd comedy Memorandum of Understanding.
Gary is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, the Dramatists Guild, AWP, and AAUP. He is also an advisory board member of Spark Wheel Press and a former board member and frequent supporter of Rain Taxi. Gary previously taught at the University of Minnesota and North Central University, where he was the Writer in Residence. In 2013, Gary was awarded the Great Plains Emerging Writer Prize by the 37th Annual Great Plains Writers Conference. His poetry also received a Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology.
Dop was awarded the Gillie A. Larew Distinguished Teaching Award at Randolph College.
As an actor and poet who values performance, Gary has entertained audiences at university and community events throughout the country. In 2009, he was one of five poets to qualify for the top rated performance poetry team in the country. From time to time, Gary plays around with acting, emceeing, and comedy. A while back, he appeared in a short film, a few commercials, and he was named Top Comic in an evening competition at Acme Comedy Club in Minneapolis.