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Free poetry reading by Virginia poet set for March 8

Gary Dop, a poet, playwright and performer, will visit Dakota Wesleyan University on March 8. He will give a poetry reading at 7 p.m. in Java City, which is free and open to the public. Dop lives with his wife and three daughters in the foothills...

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Gary Dop, a poet, playwright and performer, will visit Dakota Wesleyan University on March 8.

He will give a poetry reading at 7 p.m. in Java City, which is free and open to the public.

Dop lives with his wife and three daughters in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where he is an English professor at Randolph College. Dop's first book of poems, "Father, Child, Water," was a best-selling poetry book with Red Hen Press in 2015.

He 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's All Things Considered. His work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, New Letters, North American Review, South Dakota Review, Agni and Blackbird, among others.

DWU's Kelly Henkel will open the reading for Dop. Henkel is a lifelong South Dakotan. She received a bachelor of arts degree in English from South Dakota State University and earned a master of arts in library science online through the University of North Texas. Henkel works as the cataloging/serials librarian at the McGovern Library at DWU. While she primarily writes and reads poetry for her own enjoyment, she has been published in Four Quarters to a Section, the South Dakota Poetry Society publication; the Oakwood, SDSU's literary magazine; and DWU's literary magazine, Prairie Winds.

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