President of the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters
David Biespiel (pronounced buy-speel) founded the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters in 1999 as an independent writing and creativity studio in Portland's historic Hawthorne district. He is a poet, literary critic, columnist, and contributing writer at The Rumpus, Partisan, American Poetry Review, Politico, New Republic, Slate, Poetry, and The New York Times, among other publications. 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. 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 has received two Oregon Book Awards, in poetry and general nonfiction, and is the editor of the Everyman's Library edition of Poems of the American South. Recipient of Lannan, National Endowment for the Arts, and Stegner fellowships, he is a member of the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle.