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Dean Rader

San Francisco
Dean Rader has published widely in the fields of poetry, American Indian studies, and visual culture.  His debut collection of poems, Works & Days, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize, was a finalist for the Bob Bush Memorial Award for a First Book of Poems, and won the 2010 Writer's League of Texas Poetry Prize. His chapbook, Landscape Portrait Figure Form (Omnidawn), was named by the Barnes & Noble Review as one of the Best Poetry Books of 2013.  Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence (Beacon Press, 2017) is Rader's most recent book, done in collaboration with Brian Clements and Alexandra Teague. This anthology of poems and responses brings together the voices of poets and citizens most impacted to call for the end of gun violence with the activist power of poetry. It has been featured in The New York Times, Poets & Writers, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and numerous other outlets. His most recent solo project is Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry (Copper Canyon Press, 2017). Called “dynamic” by Booklist and “ingenious” by The San Francisco Chronicle, Rader’s book is an innovative collection of poems that merge traditional and experimental forms. Thematically, the poems interrogate three main concepts—aesthetics, identity, and America—and the degree to which these triangulate on both the personal and national levels. Rader received the Poetry Society of America’s George Bogin Award, given to poems “that use language in an original way to reflect the encounter of the ordinary and the extraordinary and to take a stand against oppression in its many forms.” In their review of Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry, Publisher’s Weekly writes, “few poets capture the contradictions of our national life with as much sensitivity or keenness.” Suture, a collection of collaborative poems written with Simone Muench, appeared in April 2017 (Black Lawrence Press). The poems, which Simone and Dean have dubbed, "Frankenstein Sonnets," have appeared in a myriad of publications such as American Poetry Review, POOL, Blackbird, Luna Luna, DMQ Review, ZYZZYVA, New American Writing, Fifth Wednesday, Columbia Poetry Review, The Economy, Hound, and Handsome and have been nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart Prizes. The book reached #4 on the Small Press Distribution Poetry Bestseller List. Rader is also the editor of 99 Poems for the 99 Percent: An Anthology of PoetryPublished in July of 2014, the book features poems by well-known writers like Edward Hirsch, Bob Hicok, Robert Pinsky, Dana Levin, LeAnne Howe, Timothy Donnelly, Camille T. Dungy, Jon Davis, Brian Clements, Ellen Bass, Joan Houlihan, Matthew Zapruder, Ray Gonzalez, Heid E. Erdrich, and Dorianne Laux as well as a generous sampling of work by beginning poets and students. 99 Poems debuted at #2 on the Small Press Distribution List in July of 2014 and took over the #1 spot for August. His scholarly book, Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film from Alcatraz to the NMAI was published in April 2011 from the University of Texas Press. It is the first book to look at recent Native American art, literature, and film and focuses on the work of figures like Sherman Alexie, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, Louise Erdrich, Chris Eyre, Edgar Heap of Birds, David Treuer, Joy Harjo, and LeAnne Howe. Engaged Resistance was nominated for a PROSE Award and it won the prestigious Beatrice Medicine Award for Excellence in American Indian Studies for 2011. Rader is also the co-author of a best-selling textbook on writing and popular culture, The World is a Text (with Jonathan Silverman), which is about to enter its fifth edition. With poet Janice Gould, he co-edited Speak To Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry (University of Arizona Press, 2003), the first collection of essays devoted to Native American poetry. He also curated a special issue of Sentence that focused on American Indian prose poetry.  Rader writes and reviews regularly for The Huffington PostThe Kenyon Review, The Rumpus, Ploughshares, The San Francisco Chronicleand BOMB.  His series of pieces on the 10 Greatest Poets was covered by The New Yorker, The New York Times, and dozens of other media outlets. He recently wrote about teaching poetry post-truth and post-Trump and was interviewed by The Washington Post on the convergence of poetry and politics. Rader earned his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Binghamton where he studied comparative literature, creative writing, translation, American Indian literature, and visual culture. He is a professor of English at the University of San Francisco, where he has won the University's Distinguished Research Award and the College of Arts & Sciences' Dean's Scholar Award. At present, he is at work on a series of poems that enter into conversation with the work of Cy Twombly.