Dean Rader

Alex Johnson

Dean Rader has written, edited, or co-edited eleven books. His debut collection of poems, Works & Days, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry and Landscape Portrait Figure Form (2014) was named a Best Poetry Book by The Barnes & Noble Review. Three books appeared in 2017: Suture, collaborative poems written with Simone Muench (Black Lawrence Press); Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence, edited with Brian Clements and Alexandra Teague (Beacon); and Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry (Copper Canyon), a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award and the Northern California Book Award. Most recently, he co-edited They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (Black Lawrence) and Native Voices: Indigenous American Poetry, Craft and Conversations (Tupelo). Recent poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, Prairie Schooner, New England Review, Best of the Net, and many others. Dean writes and reviews regularly for San Francisco Chronicle, The Huffington Post, BOMB, and Ploughshares. At present, he is collaborating with the calligrapher Thomas Ingmire on a series visual/textual projects. He is a professor at the University of San Francisco and a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry.

Awards and Honors

T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

Finalist, Oklahoma Book Award

Finalist, Northern California Book Award

Writer’s League of Texas Poetry Prize

Poetry Society of America’s George Bogin Memorial Award

Headlands Center for the Arts Fellowship

Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, 2020 

MacDowell Colony Fellowship

Distinguished Research Award and the Dean’s Medal for Excellence
from the University of San Francisco