|Born||Robert F. Pope, Jr.
March 11, 1946
Petaluma, California, United States
|Education||University of Maryland in College Park
University of California at Berkeley
California State University, Northridge
University of California, San Diego
University of Iowa
His father, Robert Pope, Sr., a United States Army officer, was stationed in Asmara, Eritrea, East Africa, when his son was born. His wife and children joined him when Robert, Jr. was six months old. From then on they moved at least every three years, living in France, Germany and Washington, D.C.
Robert Pope, Jr. attended the University of Maryland in College Park for two years before transferring to the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated in 1968. He taught secondary school in Gonzales, California, before returning to school to earn a standard secondary credential from California State University at Northdridge.
Following this, he taught high school English for two years in Porterville, California, before returning to graduate school at California State University at San Diego, where he received his MA in English and taught courses in Freshman Composition and Creative Writing. He then attended and graduated from the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop with an M.F.A. in fiction, where he taught literature courses as a T.A. By this time he had published short stories in various literary magazines, including Denver Quarterly, Chicago Review, Iowa Review, as well as a handmade chapbook of stories called Imagine a Moment, printed by Leigh McLellan and The Meadow Press.
He has been a professor at The University of Akron, in Akron, Ohio, since Fall 1976, where he teaches literature and Fiction Writing. He has published a novel, Jack's Universe, a collection of short stories, Private Acts, and over sixty stories and personal essays in journals, including The Georgia Review, The Missouri Review, The Kenyon Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review. One of his personal essays has been reprinted in Pushcart Prize XIII. He has received individual artists grants for the Ohio Arts Council and a Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts.
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