Jun 16, 2022 • 1HR 13M

Judy Halebsky and Dean Rader

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 Today's episode features Judy Halebsky and Dean Rader:
JUDY HALEBSKY is the author of three poetry collections—Sky=Empty, Tree Line, and Spring and a Thousand Years (Unabridged)—and the chapbook Space/Gap/Interval/Distance. Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Halebsky holds an M.F.A. in English and Creative Writing from Mills College and a PhD in Performance Studies from the University of California, Davis. On fellowships from the Japanese Ministry of Culture, she spent five years living in Japan, where she trained in Butoh dance and Noh theatre. She now directs the low-residency MFA program at Dominican University of California. 

Halebsky’s work has been supported by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her publications include Harvard Review, Poetry Flash, Adirondack Review, and others. Halebsky’s book Sky=Empty won the New Issues Poetry Prize, and Space/Gap/Interval/Distance won the Poets-Under-Forty Award from Sixteen Rivers Press. Tree Line was shortlisted for five awards including the Believer Poetry Award and the California Book Award. In  Spring and a Thousand Years (Unabridged), published in 2020 by University of Arkansas Press, the Tang Dynasty poets Li Bai and Du Fu encounter everyday life in Oakland, California, where Halebsky now lives with her nature guide and their daughter.

DEAN RADER has written, edited, or co-edited eleven books. His debut collection of poems, Works & Days, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry and Landscape Portrait Figure Form (2014) was named a Best Poetry Book by The Barnes & Noble Review. In 2017, Rader had three books appear: Suture, collaborative poems written with Simone Muench (Black Lawrence Press); Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence, edited with Brian Clements and Alexandra Teague (Beacon); and Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry (Copper Canyon), a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award and the Northern California Book Award. 

Most recently, Dean Rader co-edited They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (Black Lawrence) and Native Voices: Indigenous American Poetry, Craft and Conversations (Tupelo). Rader’s poems have recently appeared in The Best American Poetry, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, Prairie Schooner, New England Review, Best of the Net, and others. Dean writes and reviews regularly for San Francisco Chronicle, The Huffington Post, BOMB, and Ploughshares. His work has been supported by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, Princeton University, and Harvard University. He is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry. Currently, he is collaborating with the calligrapher Thomas Ingmire on a series of visual/textual projects. He is a professor at the University of San Francisco and a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry. Find out

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