Dave Snyder

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Dave Snyder is a writer, producer, poet and farmer.  

Having grown up on a steady diet of National Public Radio and audiobooks, I gravitated towards audio production in college. The local public radio station, KUOW Seattle, produced a nationally syndicated satire show called Rewind, where I started working as an Intern in 1999. Over the next four years, I worked my way up from Intern to full-time Producer, where I was responsible for researching and pitching story ideas; recording audio in-studio; editing interviews and roundtable discussions; and producing scripted, audio-rich sketches, some of which are available on the Audio tab above.  

Outside of audio production, I have a diverse set of professional interests and side hustles.  For the last seven years I've worked in urban agriculture, not only as a farmer, but as a advocate for the ancillary benefits urban agriculture can provide: community building, food security, and protection of crop diversity.  I've also worked in cartography, taught college English, and for a while I was a delivery driver. I hold an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and am well published, including in the Best American Poetry series. Outside of work, I've founded and managed a variety of independent non-profits with artistic or environmental missions. 

Curriculum Vitae

2005 MFA, Writing, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2002 BA, English, University of Washington
2002 BA, Geology, University of Washington

Professional Positions
2016 - current Farm Director, Pisticci Restaurant, New York, New York. Responsible for all aspects of agriculture for farm-to-table restaurant, including planning, labor and management for one acre bio-intensive farm, compost, mushroom production, and communication.

2012 – 2016 Urban Agriculture Program Manager, Heartland Alliance, Chicago, Illinois. Develop and manage 2.6 acre urban farm used for transitional job training and hunger relief. Responsible for on-farm job training, project management, grant writing, farm management, employee supervision and management of external partnerships.

2010 – 2012 Farm Director, Uncommon Ground, Chicago, Illinois. Plan and manage America’s first certified organic rooftop garden. Additional responsibilities include hiring and training intern staff, project development and grant writing.

2007 – 2010 Assistant, Office of College-Wide Events, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. Assist and support event planning office, including arts festival for 35,000 attendees.

2002 – 2003 Producer, Rewind, National Public Radio / KUOW, Seattle, Washington. Research, write, and produce nationally syndicated radio show focused on news and culture under a strict weekly deadline.

Teaching Experience

Adjunct Faculty
2009 - 2015 Columbia College Chicago, Department of English, “Poetry Workshop: Beginning,” “Writing and Rhetoric I,” “Writing and Rhetoric II”

Teaching Assistant
2005 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Liberal Arts, “History of Ideas”
2004 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Writing, “Text Off The Page” (graduate level)
2003 - 2004 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Math and Science, combined math and sciences TA

2000 – 2002 University of Washington, Athletic Academic Services
1999 – 2001 University of Washington, Science Outreach Program, “Volcanos”

Guest Lecturer
2013 Roosevelt University, English and Creative Writing, “Fiction Forms”
2012 DePaul University, Environmental Studies, “Environmental Ethics”
2011 DePaul University, Environmental Studies, “Environmental Ethics”
2007 School of the Art Institute, Painting and Drawing, “How To Steal”
2006 School of the Art Institute, Fiber and Material Studies "Zeros and Ones"

Community Work
2005 – 2007 Manager, Powell's North Reading Series, Chicago, Illinois. Co-founded and managed a reading series of poets and prose writers.

2002 – 2003 Co-founder, A Guide To Visitors, Seattle, Washington. Co-founded and produced monthly storytelling performance series.

Awards and Recognition
2008 “Hexagon: On Truth” included in Best American Poetry
2008 Iowa Review Award In Poetry, The Iowa Review
2008 Fellowship, Jentel Artist Residency Program
2008 CAAP Grant, Illinois Arts Council
2006 Fellowship in Poetry, Writers at Work
2006 Catwalk Residency, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2005 Ruth Lilly Nominee, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2003 - 2005 Trustee’s Merit Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Publications and Productions

Snyder, Dave, Hexagon: On Truth. Stylite Press (2016)

Poems In Anthologies
“Bamboo Poem” Discoveries: New Writing From The Iowa Review, The Iowa Review Press (2012)
“Hexagon: On Truth” Best American Poetry 2008, Scribner (2008)
“Pica: On Happiness” The Musculature Of Small Birds, Shadowbox Press (2007)

Poems in Journals
“Names for Figs in Northern Morocco” The Inquisitive Eater (2016)
“Soybean Names from China” The Inquisitive Eater (2016)
“Herbs in Ghana” The Inquisitive Eater (2016)
“Rice in India” The Inquisitive Eater (2016)
“Names of Rice in Lao” Gastronomica (2014)
“Chicago” jubilat (2013)
“Chicago” jubilat (2013)
“Chicago 2” Seneca Review (2012)
“Chicago 3” Seneca Review (2012)
“Chicago 5” Seneca Review (2012)
“Acetylcoline: Lot and Sparrow” Sentence: A Journal Of Prose Poetics (2010)
“The Bamboo Poem” The Iowa Review (2008)
“Fresh waters are ever flowing…” Denver Quarterly (2008)
“Grammar: On Security” Denver Quarterly (2008)
“As Tradesmen, Alchemists…” Going Down Swinging (Australia) (2008)
“Pica: On Happiness” Quarterly West (2007)
“Plan” Quarterly West (2007)
“Chemoreceptors” Quarterly West (2007)
“Naming” Quarterly West (2007)
“Hexagon: On Truth” Quarterly West (2007)
“Mint: An Argument Against Passion“ Cadillac Cicatrix (2007)
“Sixty Five Iterations” Bailliwik (2007)
“Charge: On Inability” Bailliwik (2006)

Prose in Journals
“Great Grains: How Ancient Einkorn Became the New ‘It’ Wheat” JSTOR Daily (2016)
“History of Sadness” Ghost Proposal (2012)
“Open Letter To Everything” Ghost Proposal (2012)
“Unburying Kimbell” AREA Chicago (2012)
“Farm Report” Huffington Post, serialized (2010 – 2011)
Review of Robyn Schiff’s Revolver, Colorado Review (2009)
“Monster Biscuit” mcsweeneys.net (2009)
Review of Karen Volkman’s Nomina, Colorado Review (2008)

Performance Pieces in Journals
“The Story of Figs” (One Act Play Script), Requited Journal (2013) (Solicited)

Performances and Productions “October Pole” (Performance) Black Thumb Orchestra, GAGFest (2015)
“Allegory Of The Empty Lot” (Performance) Black Thumb Orchestra, Chicago Home Theater Festival (2015)
“All Utopias Fail” (Performance) Black Thumb Orchestra, Live at GAG (2014)
“Eight Windows, Eight Chapters” (Performance) Black Thumb Orchestra, Live at GAG (2013)
“Methuselah: A Chalkboard Cantastoria” (One Act Play) Rhino Festival (2012)
“The Three Organizations of L. R. Levato” (Script for Film) Exhibition at Firecat Gallery (2011)
“The Three Organizations of L. R. Levato” (Script for Film) opposite states, St. Paul’s Cultural Center (2009)
“The Story Of Figs” (One Act Play) Etcetera Festival (2008)
“How To Be Dave Snyder” (Audio) Version Fest (2007)
“The Story Of Figs” (One Act Play) Rhino Festival (2005)
“Field” (One Act Play) Pac/Edge Festival (2004)

Conference Presentations
“The Panopticon of Literature” Society for Literature Science and the Arts, Milwaukee, WI (2012)