David Biespiel

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

Author's Bio

DAVID BIESPIEL was born in 1964 and grew up in Houston, Texas. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, most recently 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 Literary Arts' Stafford Award for Poetry. His books of essays include A Long High Whistle: Selected Columns on Poetry and a book on creativity, Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces. He is the editor of the Everyman's Library edition of Poems of the American South and is a contributing writer to The Rumpus, Partisan, American Poetry Review, Politico, New Republic, Slate, Poetry, and The New York Times. He is a member of the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle. 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. He is a longtime faculty member in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University and also in the Rainier Writing Workshop. He is the President of the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters.

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 Limited, 1996)
, The Book of Men and Women
(University of Washington Press, 2009)
, 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: Nov 24, 2015