MFA, University of Oregon
B.A., Swarthmore College
Joining our Upper School English Department is Raphael Dagold. Raphael holds a BA in English Literature from Swarthmore, an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from the University of Oregon, and a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah. His experience in education includes teaching at the high school level in Portland, OR, and extensive college teaching, including at the American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan. Raphael writes, "Early in my writing career, the poet Li-Young Lee told our class, 'You must write only emergency poems.' He also said, 'You must find how you will inhabit the American tongue.' I have mulled over these injunctions ever since. I'm sure I always will. Not all poems can be the literary equivalent of a 9-1-1 call; not all styles can be a necessary room in the house of poetry. But all students can strive for real purpose in their writing and in their reading: as another of my early teachers, the poet Corrinne Hales, once said, 'Why not try to be Yeats?'"