David Biespiel

Attic Institute of Arts and Letters
Portland, OR 97215-3161

Author's Bio

David Biespiel is a poet, literary critic, columnist, and contributing writer at The Rumpus, American Poetry Review, Politico, New Republic, Partisan, Slate, Poetry, and The New York Times, among other publications. He is the author of ten books, most recently The Education of a Young Poet (October 2017), A Long High Whistle, which received the 2016 Oregon Book Award for General Nonfiction, Charming Gardeners, and The Book of Men and Women, which was chosen one of the Best Books of the Year by the Poetry Foundation and received the 2011 Oregon Book Award for Poetry. Recipient of Lannan, National Endowment for the Arts, and Stegner fellowships, he has taught at Stanford University, University of Maryland, George Washington University, Portland State University, and Wake Forest University, in additon to other colleges and universities. He is a longtime faculty member in the MFA program at the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University and also in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Program. He was born in 1964 and grew up in Houston, Texas, and is currently the President of the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters in Portland, Oregon.

Publications and Prizes

A Long High Whistle: Selected Columns on Poetry
(Antilever Press, 2015)
, Charming Gardeners
(University of Washington Press, 2013)
, Every Writers Has a Thousand Faces
(Kelson Books, 2010)
, Shattering Air
(BOA Editions, Ltd., 1996)
, The Book of Men and Women
(University of Washington Press, 2009)
, The Education of a Young Poet
(Counterpoint Press, 2017)
, Wild Civility
(University of Washington Press, 2003)
Long Journey: Contemporary Northwest Poets
(Oregon State University Press, 2006)
, Poems of the American South
(Random House, 2015)

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Last updated: May 24, 2017