Category Archives: Craft Talks

Dean Rader on Titling

raderglassesThe staff members of Switchback are conducting a new series of interviews on the craft of writing with the lauded, loved, and learned faculty members here at the University of San Francisco. In this second installment, we give you a conversation between Poetry Editor Cassie Duggan and poet Dean Rader on the role of titling in poetry. Dean Rader’s first collection of poems, Works & Days, won the2010 T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize. His poem “Self Portrait as Dido to Aeneas” was selected by Mark Doty for Best American Poetry 2012. Continue reading Dean Rader on Titling

Bruce Snider on the Sonnet

brucesniderIntroducing a new series of interviews, focused exclusively on craft, conducted by members ofSwitchback with the talented and accomplished faculty members of the University of San Francisco’s MFA in Writing program. For our first installment, we present this conversation with poet Bruce Snider on the role of the sonnet in contemporary poetry. Snider is the author of two poetry collections, Paradise, Indiana, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize, and The Year We Studied Women, winner of Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. A former Wallace Stegner fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, he’s also the recipient of a James A. Michener fellowship from The University of Texas at Austin. To read more, you can head over to hiswebsite. Continue reading Bruce Snider on the Sonnet