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 studio in Portland's historic Hawthorne district. His books of poetry include: Charming Gardeners, 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, Wild Civility, Pilgrims & Beggars, and Shattering Air. His books of prose include Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces and, forthcoming, A Long High Whistle: Reflections on Poetry. He writes the Poetry Wire column for The Rumpus. He has held a Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, a Lannan Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature.