Dean Rader, award-winning poet and professor of English of the University of San Francisco, will again be featured at Jimson Weed Coffee Night on Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. He was first featured at the college in the fall of 2013. Rader will present a public lecture, “Poetry and Paradox: Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry,” on Wednesday, April 18 at 1 p.m. Both events will be held at the Rhododendron Room, fifth floor of the Slemp Student Center.
Rader’s talk, calling attention to online personae as self-portraits, will address social media as poetry. He will also show how paradoxical experiences come to be the most authentic and intense experiences in life as numerous poets and thinkers—including Emily Dickenson, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Rita Dove, among others—have noted.
Coffee Night will celebrate his most recent and well-acclaimed collection of poems, “Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry”, published by Copper Canyon in 2017. In the same year, he also collaborated on a book of poems, “Suture”, with Simon Muench.
Rader’s other collections of poems include: “Landscape Portrait Figure Form”, and “Works & Days”, which won the T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize and the Writer’s League of Texas Book Award. Rader’s scholarly book, “Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film from Alcatraz to the NMAI”, won the Beatrice Medicine Award for Excellence in American Indian Studies.
Additionally, Rader edited “99 Poems for the 99 Percent”. He also co-edited “Speak To Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry” and “Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence”, and co-authored the best-selling textbook “The World Is A Text: Reading and Writing about Popular Culture”.
Rader’s poems have appeared in dozens of magazines and books including “Best American Poetry 2012”, The Boston Review, Ninth Letter, Zyzzyva, Tri Quarterly, The Colorado Review, Quarterly West, Kestrel, Minnesota Review, Volt, and New American Writing. His essays and reviews have been published in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, and The Huffington Post. In 2012, he wrote a series of columns on the Ten Greatest Poets that was covered by The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, and The New York Times.
Dean Rader grew up in Weatherford, Oklahoma, a farm town about an hour east of the Texas panhandle. He earned a B.A. in English from Baylor University, and an M.A. & Ph.D. in comparative literature from the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he studied creative writing, literature, and translation.