Dean Rader

Dean Rader



Professor Rader has authored or co-authored eleven books. His debut collection of poems, Works & Days, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize, and Landscape Portrait Figure Form (2014) was named a “Best Poetry Book” by The Barnes & Noble Review. Recent poems have appeared in The New York Times, Best American Poetry, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Best of the Net, and many others.

Professor Rader also writes and reviews for the San Francisco Chronicle, HuffPost, BOMB, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. His writing has been supported by fellowships from Princeton, Harvard, the MacDowell Foundation, and the John R. Solomon Guggenheim Foundation. He has also won a Distinguished Teaching Award from the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Dean wishes he could have met Cy Twombly, Marvin Gaye, Toni Morrison, Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, Paul Klee, and Emily Dickinson.

Professor Rader enjoys teaching a diversity of classes ranging from poetry workshops and special topics classes for English majors; seminars on the Modern Period, Global Poetry and the American Experience for the Honors College; Poetry Studio and Poetry and the City for the general undergraduate population and directing master's theses for the MFA program in creative writing.


  • Poetry
  • Literary studies
  • American Indian studies
  • Visual/popular culture
  • Cy Twombly


  • Chair, Department of English
  • Interim Director, St. Ignatius Institute
  • Advisory Board, Center for Research, Artistic, and Scholarly Excellence (CRASE)
  • Chair, Strategic Enrollment Management Advisory Board


  • SUNY-Binghamton, PhD in Comparative Literature, 1995
  • SUNY-Binghamton, MA in Comparative Literature, 1991
  • Baylor University, BA in English, 1989

Awards & Distinctions

  • Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award for Excellence in Reviewing (2020)

  • Barbara and Andrew Senchak Fellowship in Poetry, MacDowell Foundation (2020)

  • Distinguished Research Award, USF (2020)

  • Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry (2019)

  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Society of Collegiate Scholars (2016)

Selected Publications

  • Rader, Dean & CMarie Fuhrman, eds. (2019) Native Voices: Indigenous American Poetry, Craft, and Conversations. Tupelo Press.

  • Rader, Dean. (2017). Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry. Poems. Copper Canyon Press.

  • Rader, Dean. (2014) Landscape Portrait Figure Form. Omnidawn.

  • Rader, Dean. (2011) Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film from Alcatraz to the NMAI. University of Texas Press.

  • Rader, Dean. (2010) Works & Days. Truman State University Press. (Winner, T. S. Eliot Prize)