Randolph College professors Laura-Gray Street and Gary Dop will team up with Charlottesville-based nonfiction writer Amanda Korman for a reading at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in the Browsing Room at Sweet Briar College’s Mary Helen Cochran Library. The event is presented by Sweet Briar’s English and creative writing department and is free and open to the public.
Laura-Gray Street is the author of “Pigment and Fume” (Salmon Poetry, 2014) and co-editor with Ann Fisher-Wirth of “The Ecopoetry Anthology” (Trinity University Press, 2013). She has been the recipient of poetry prizes from The Greensboro Review, the Dana Awards, the Southern Women Writers Conference, Isotope: A Journal of Literary Science and Nature Writing, and Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments. Her work has appeared in The Colorado Review, Poet Lore, Poetry Daily, Shenandoah, Blackbird, The Notre Dame Review and elsewhere, and has received support through fellowships from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, and the Artist House at St. Mary’s College in Maryland.
A graduate of Hollins University, Street also holds an M.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.F.A. from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. She is an associate professor of English and directs the creative writing program at Randolph College in Lynchburg, where she has been teaching since 1997.
Gary Dop, a poet, playwright and performer, lives with his wife and three daughters in Lynchburg, where he is an English professor at Randolph College. Dop was awarded the Great Plains Emerging Writer Prize in 2013, a Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and his essays have aired on public radio. Dop’s first book of poems, “FATHER, CHILD, WATER” is a bestselling poetry book with Red Hen Press. His poetry has appeared in Prairie Schooner, New Letters, North American Review, Agni and Blackbird, among others.
Amanda Korman is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s M.F.A. program in creative writing and Williams College, where she received the Henry Rutgers Conger Memorial Literary Prize. She teaches creative nonfiction at WriterHouse in Charlottesville, and her fiction has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review. She is currently at work on a novel and a short-story collection.
For more information about the event, please email Nell Boeschenstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.