Poet gives public reading from new collection on everyday life; university’s ‘Visting Reader Series’

Background derived from cover of book, "Father, Child, Water;" foreground is the author, Gary Dop. Book published April 9, 2015 by Red Hen Press | Photos for image composite courtesy of Gary Dop, GaryDop.com; St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Poet Gary Dop will share and discuss his first collection of poetry, “Father, Child, Water,” at Dixie State University’s “Visiting Reader Series” Monday, 7 p.m. in Room 457 of the Holland Centennial Commons on campus. The series is hosted by the creative writing emphasis of the university’s english department and continues throughout the year with a variety of writers.

Dop, a poet, performer and playwright, published his book, “Father, Child, Water” in April, a work comprised of poems that explore the playful and pained pathways of everyday life by examining a variety of characters and voices. The collection’s poems were written to make readers laugh, surprise them with sorrow and remind them that they are alive.

“… As wide-ranging as his tone are his subject matter, from theology to pizza delivery; and his style, from richly lyric to hilariously satiric,” William Trowbridge wrote in the book’s editorial reviews on Amazon.com. “In the many persona poems, he shows a Dickensian knack for characterization and a stand-up’s sense of timing. …”

“… This well-wrought, intensely human book will delight people who ‘don’t get’ poetry, as well as those who do,” Charles Harper Webb wrote in another of Amazon’s editorial reviews.

In addition to writing poetry, Dop teaches english at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia. He earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska, and his writing has been published throughout the country in journals such as “Sugar House Review,” “Prairie Schooner,” “Poetry Northwest,” “Agni,” and “New Letters.” He has been awarded the Pushcart Prize Special Mention and the 2013 Great Plains Emerging Writer Prize.

Dixie State University’s english department enables students to develop and hone skills in three primary areas of creative literary production: poetry, fiction and nonfiction, according to its press release. To learn more about the program, visit Dixie State University website.

Event details

  • What: “Visiting Reader Series” with reading by poet Gary Dop
  • When: Monday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Room 457, Holland Centennial Commons, Dixie State University, 225 S. 700 East, in St. George
  • Admission: Free to all
  • Dixie State University website | Gary Dop’s website | “Father, Child, Water” on Amazon.com

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