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Dean Rader's Biography

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San Francisco
Apr 2008

Dean Rader is a professor in the Department of English at the University of San Francisco and is the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Research Award. His debut collection of poems, Works & Days, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize and is a finalist for the Texas Institute of Letters First Book Prize and the winner of the 2010 Writer’s League of Texas Poetry Prize. A poem from the book, "Twilight at Ocean Beach: 14," was named by Verse Daily as one of the Best Poems of 2010, and three others have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Just this year he was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America's Louis Hammer Award.

Rader has published poems in Colorado Review, Connecticut Review, POOL, Poet Lore, Quarterly West, Salamander, and many other publications. He won the 2009 Sow’s Ear Review Poetry Prize and the 2008 Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize. New poems are forthcoming in Boston Review, New American Writing, Volt, and Zyzzyva.

Rader writes for The Huffington Post and reviews poetry regularly for The Rumpus and The San Francisco Chronicle, where he also writes a regular column for the City Brights Section. His series of columns about the 10 Greatest Poets was covered by The New Yorker, The New York Times, and dozens of other media outlets.

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