David’s Bio

IMG_0395David Biespiel is the founder and executive director of the Attic Writers’ Workshop in Portland, Oregon. He has published five books, including Shattering AirPilgrims & Beggars, and Wild Civility. A new book, The Book of Men and Women, is due out in 2009.

Among his honors are a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, a Lannan Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature. He has taught at Stanford, George Washington University, University of Maryland, and Portland State University, and he has been the Richard H. Thornton Writer-in-Residence at Lynchburg College in Virginia. He currently divides his teaching among three universities: in the fall as the Visiting Writer at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in the spring as an Adjunct Professor at Oregon State University, and he serves on the faculty of the low-residency M.F.A. Program at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.

He’s a contributor to American Poetry Review, Parnassus, Poetry, Slate, The New York Times Book Review, and The New Republic. Since 2002 he has been the columnist on poetry for The Oregonian. In 2005 he was named editor of Poetry Northwest. In 2008, he became a contributor to Politico‘s Arena, a cross-party, cross-discipline daily conversation about politics and policy among current and former members of Congress, governors, mayors, political strategists and scholars.

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