Song for the Shell Shaker
On Reading Miguel Hernandez at 31, The Age of His Death
Dean Rader is an assistant professor of English at the University of San Francisco where he teaches writing, American Literature, and American Indian Studies. He is also the coordinator of USFs program in Writing, Language, and Culture. He has published essays, poems, stories, translations and reviews in books and national journals. At present, he is completing a book on Wallace Stevens and modern poetry and editing a book on Contemporary Native American Poetry to be published by the University of Arizona Press. Recent poetry and translations have appeared in Borderlands, VEER, and Synergisms: An Anthology of Collaborative Writing. Dean got his bachelor's degree from Baylor University in 1989, and in 1991 and 1995, respectively, he earned his Masters and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton in Summer 2000. Recent poems have focused on individual figures such as Robert Motherwell, César Vallejo, Albert Einstein, Octavio Paz, and Miguel Hernandez. Other art and artists tend to be his major themes, though he also explores issues of presence and absence and language in his work. "Presence" will appear in The World is a Text forthcoming from Prentice Hall.
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