M.F.A. Director


Writer and professor Gary Dop, together with the best faculty in the country, founded the Randolph College MFA program, the low-residency MFA which Poets & Writers hailed as a "a new kind of MFA program that makes diversity its mission." Dop is the author of the poetry collection Father, Child, Water (Red Hen Press), and his most recent play is Deemocracy: An American Absurdity in One Act (Rain Taxi). Prior to his gig in Virginia at Randolph College, Dop taught screenwriting at the University of Minnesota, and he was the Writer in Residence at North Central University. Dop's poems, stories, and essays have appeared in venues including Georgia Review, Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, New Letters, Sugar House Review, and North American Review. Dop earned his MFA through the University of Nebraska, and his experience as an actor, performer, and comic have helped him engage audiences throughout the country. Gary is the recipient of the Great Plains Emerging Writer Prize, a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, and the Gillie A. Larew Distinguished Teaching Award. 

Dop is a member and/or longtime supporter of the following organizations:

   Rain Taxi

   The National Book Critics Circle

   The Dramatists Guild

   AWP, the Association of Writers and Writers Programs

   AAUP, American Association of University Professors

   Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society

   Phi Kappa Phi

   Sugar House Review 

   Coffee House Press - Graywolf Press - Red Hen Press - Spark Wheel Press

   The University of Nebraska MFA program (I had a great experience in this low-res program!)  



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