Dean Rader is an American writer and professor who teaches at the University of San Francisco, in the Department of English, where he has also served as Department Chair.[1] Rader holds a M.A.and Ph.D. in comparative literature from the State University of New York at Binghamton where he studied translation, poetry, visual culture, and literary studies. He is primarily known for his poems that mix high and low art and his scholarly work on Native American poetry.

His latest book of poetry, " Self Portrait as Wikipedia Entry" [2] was published in 2017 by Copper Canyon Press, and was also posted on ZYZZYVA on February 6,2012.

Rader's recent collection, Landscape Portrait Figure Form (Omnidawn 2014) , a book that explores the connection between poetry and painting, was named by the Barnes & Noble Review as one of the year's Best Books of Poems. He was also the recipient of the George Bogin Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. Harvard poet and critic Stephen Burt selected a folio of Rader's poems entitled " American Self-Portrait" for the 2015 award.

In 2011, Rader wrote a series of columns for the San Francisco Chronicle on The 10 Greatest Poets, which received media coverage in The New York Times.


Dean Rader Poems

America I Do Not Call Your Name Without Hope

America, I Do Not Call Your Name Without Hope

After Neruda... more »


I advance it therefore as a suspicion only, that the blacks, whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the whites in the endowments both of body and mind.
—Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (1784)

The dead are done with their declarations.... more »

Self-Portrait In Charleston, Orlando

The news this morning
said that Ramadi
had fallen to ISIS
and that the president... more »

Dean Rader Quotes

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