R. G Rader


R.G. Rader is an award-winning poet and playwright, actor, stage and film director and an Associate Professor of Theater and English.

He founded Muse-Pie Press in 1981 with the publication of Muse-Pie: A Journal of Poetry #1, which was distinguished by an effort that still characterizes Muse-Pie Press, a recognition and appreciation of a wide range of genres and styles of the poetic voice. A poet himself, his poetry has been widely published in journals and anthologies throughout the US and abroad and has been recognized with a number of awards for his poetry and has taught and studied a wide variety of genres and styles of poetry and has judged numerous poetry and book contests over the years.

He is the author of three poetry collections: Neon Shapes (Merit Book Award winner), Raising the Blade: Collected Haiku and Tanka 1980-2000 (poems that honor Japanese genres and published online by AHA Books) and Kicking the Rain (Finishing Line Press, 2010).

Rader has been both writer in residence and playwright in residence at several art and theater organizations in the eastern United States, including the William Carlos Williams Center for the Performing Arts in Rutherford, New Jersey and has published a number of essays on poetry.

His stage and audio plays have been performed and heard (audio) throughout the country. Two of his audio plays, The Wind at Our Back and Spit won awards from the National Audio Theatre Festivals. The Wind at Our Back was produced live by the National Audio Theatre Festivals and has been heard on radio stations that carry audio drama throughout the US. He was co-founder, along with film director David Maquiling, of Arrowhead Theater Company and was a director and actor with the Company. As an actor, Rader has appeared in numerous Off, Off-Off Broadway & Regional plays and in film.

More recently, he co-founded Nocking Point Productions Ltd, a film company where he has directed the short films Sudden Sanity (2014), Spit (2017), and Click (2018), all three having been screened in numerous film festivals and is presently working on other forthcoming productions of Nocking Point Productions Ltd.

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