Founder of the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters
David Biespiel (pronounced bye-speel) is a poet, memoirist, and literary critic, who 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 of twelve books, among them A Place of Exodus (September 2020), Republic Café, The Education of a Young Poet, The Book of Men and Women, A Long High Whistle, and Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces. A contributor to The New Republic, The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, The Rumpus, Poetry, Politico, and Slate, he has won a number of awards for his writing, including Lannan Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Stegner fellowships, two Oregon Book Awards, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, and he has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Balakian Award. He has taught at Stanford University, University of Maryland, George Washington University, and Wake Forest University. In addition to teaching at the Attic Institute, he is the Poet-in- Residence at Oregon State University and a core faculty member in the Rainier Writers Workshop MFA Program.