Discipline: Literature – poetry

Dean Rader

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: San Francisco, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2020

Dean Rader has written, edited, or co-edited 11 books, including Works & Days (Truman State University Press), which won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Prize; Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence, edited with Brian Clements & Alexandra Teague (Beacon); and Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry (Copper Canyon), a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award and the Northern California Book Award. At present, he is collaborating with the calligrapher Thomas Ingmire on a series of visual/textual art books.

At MacDowell, he completed three essays and worked on poems for his next collection, focused on the work of Cy Twombly. Poems from this series have appeared or will appear in Harvard Review, New England Review, Southern Review, Waxwing, Zyzzyva, and the anthologies Letters to America and California Fire and Water. Recent work has appeared or will appear in Best American Poetry, Kenyon Review, BOMB, Ploughshares, Best of the Net, and The New York Times. He is a professor at the University of San Francisco and the recipient of a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry.



Dean Rader worked in the Schelling studio.

Marian MacDowell funded construction of this studio the year that the organization was established and the first artists arrived for residency. It was called Bark Studio until 1933, when it was renamed in honor of Ernest Schelling, a composer, pianist, and orchestral leader who served as president of what was then called the Edward MacDowell…

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