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 the author or editor of ten books, including A Long High Whistle, Charming Gardeners, and The Book of Men and Women, which was named Best Poetry of the Year for 2009 by the Poetry Foundation. He has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Stanford University. He is a columnist for The Rumpus and is a contributing writer to American Poetry Review, Partisan, Politico, New Republic, Slate, Poetry, and the New York Times.