Dean Rader


San Francisco, CA
California US

Author's Bio

Dean Rader is a professor of English at the University of San Francisco, where he teaches courses in poetry, American Indian studies, and popular culture. His debut collection of poems, Works & Days, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize and will be published in the fall of 2010. He has published poems in or has poems forthcoming in Colorado Review, POOL, Quarterly West, Connecticut Review, Cincinnati Review, The MacGuffin, Poet Lore, and many others. In 2008, his poem "Frog Loses Sleep Puzzling Over Parallel Universes" won the Crab Creek Review poetry prize, and in 2009, judge Kelly Cherry chose his poem “Hesiod in Oklahoma, 1934” for the prestigious Sow’s Ear Review Poetry Prize. He is also the co-author (with Jonathan Silverman) of The World Is A Text (Prentice Hall, 2001, 2005, 2008, 2010) and Speak To Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry (with Janice Gould) (University of Arizona Press, 2003). His most recent scholarly book Engaged Resistance: Contemporary American Indian Art, Literature, and Film is forthcoming from the University of Texas Press. He recently curated a special issue of Sentence devoted to American Indian prose poetry. He regularly reviews poetry for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Publications & Prizes

Works & Days (2010 T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry) (Truman State University Press, 2010)
Prizes won: 

2010 T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry
2009-10. National Endowment for the Humanities Chair, University of San Francisco
2009 Sow's Ear Review Poetry Prize
2007 Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize

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Weatherford, OK
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Last update: Apr 26, 2010