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Dean Rader, a professor at the University of San Francisco, has published widely in the fields of poetry, American Indian studies, and popular and visual culture. His debut collection of poems, Works & Days, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Prize and was a finalist for the Texas Institute of Letters First Book Prize. His most recent scholarly book, Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film from Alcatraz to the NMAI was published in April of 2011. He also writes a regular column for the City Brights section of the San Francisco Chronicle, the most notable of which is the now famous/infamous “10 Greatest Poets” project. To read more of Dean's columns and to buy his books, visit him on Red Room.

Entries by Dean Rader

The Poetry of Illustration, the Illustration of Poetry: Frog and Toad Together in San Francisco

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 12:34 PM

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The fun new exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco -- Frog and Toad and the World of Arnold Lobel -- is going to make a lot of folks in the Bay Area very happy. How do I know this? Because...

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What Poetry Can Do: Brenda Hillman & Geoffrey G. O'Brien

(2) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 1:59 PM

W. H. Auden, the great British poet, is famous for many things, including being the poet who claimed that poetry makes nothing happen. I have seen way too many people take that infamous line -- which appears in his lovely elegy to William Butler Yeats -- out of context. I...

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Ring in the New Year With Ringing New Poetry

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 4:59 PM

For those of you who have read more poetry! as one of your New Year's resolutions, I have good news. Under review are four notable books of poems by Bay Area writers that were published in the latter half of 2012. I chose them not only because the books are...

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Fall Is Here, So Is the Best of Bay Area Poetry

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 4:02 PM

Perhaps it is the transformation of the trees, the change in temperature and light, or the beginning of the school year, but whatever the reason autumn has always been the best season for poetry. Don't get me wrong, I love summer, but after a while I'm ready for things to...

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Politics And Poetry: Do They Really Ever Meet In America?

(10) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 1:48 PM

When Bay Area poets Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, and Geoffery G. O'Brien were beaten by police during a peaceful protest at Occupy Berkeley, the answer to the question the headline poses was answered in dramatic fashion.

The news spread quickly in the poetry community. We...

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Litquake: What Not To Miss

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 8:39 PM

San Francisco's Litquake -- America's best (and wackiest) literary festival -- is upon us. For a glorious week in glorious October, the City's Mission District celebrates literature not simply by adding liquor to ice but by chasing down that pair with some of the best readings around. Think...

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A Conversation With Award-Winning Poet Matthew Zapruder

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2011 | 12:39 PM

Matthew Zapruder is one of the Bay Area's most interesting poets. He and I recently had an interesting conversation about poetry, poetic craft, and the reader. Zapruder is the author of three collections of poetry. His most recent book, Come On All You Ghosts (Copper Canyon, 2010), was...

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It's Still Summer! Books by Bay Area Authors You'll Be Glad You Read

(2) Comments | Posted July 14, 2011 | 2:04 PM

At the minimum, there are five weeks of summer left. For some, close to eight. There is no way you have read as much as you wanted this summer, even if you have perused the PDF of Go The F*ck To Sleep every day since early June. Except...

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