President of the Attic Institute
David Biespiel (pronounced buy-speel) founded the Attic Institute in 1999 as an independent writing studio in Portland's historic Hawthorne district. Among his publications are Shattering Air, Pilgrims & Beggars, Wild Civility, The Book of Men and Women which was named Best Poetry of the Year for 2009 by The Poetry Foundation and also received the Oregon Book Award, and Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces. A fifth collection of poems, Charming Gardners, is due out in 2013. He has held a Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, a Lannan Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature.