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Dean Rader has published widely in the fields of poetry, American Indian studies, and popular culture.  His debut collection of poems, Works & Days, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize, judged by Claudia Keelan.  In 2009, Kelly Cherry selected his poem “Hesiod in Oklahoma, 1934” for the prestigious Sow's Ear Review Prize and in 2008, his poem "Frog Loses Sleep Puzzling Over Parallel Universes" won the Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize. Other poems have appeared or will appear in Cincinnati Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, Quarterly West, Colorado Review, Poet Lore, Salamander, POOL, Connecticut Review and many others. 

He is the author of a best-selling textbook on writing and popular culture, The World is a Text (with Jonathan Silverman), which just went into its fourth edition.  With poet Janice Gould, he co-edited Speak To Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry
(University of Arizona Press, 2003), the first collection of essays devoted to Native American poetry.  Most recently, he curated a special issue of
Sentence that focused on recent American Indian prose poetry.  His newest scholarly book, Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film from Alcatraz to the NMAI is forthcoming in 2011 from the University of Texas Press. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the State University of New York at Binghamton. 

Rader has served on the editorial board for Studies in American Indian Literatures and is currently on the editorial staff of DMQ Review.  A former executive committee member of the Commonwealth Club's Inforum, Rader now serves on the poetry jury of the California Book Awards.  He blogs about the intersection of literature, culture, politics and media at The Weekly Rader, and he reviews poetry regularly for The Rumpus and The San Francisco Chronicle, where he also writes a regular column for the City Brights Section.  Rader is a professor of English at the University of San Francisco.

A Native of Western Oklahoma, Rader lives in San Francisco with his wife Jill and their son Gavin.