David Biespiel is a poet, literary critic, memoirist, and contributing writer at American Poetry Review, New Republic, New York Times, Poetry, Politico, and Slate, among other publications. He is the author of numerous books, most recently The Education of a Young Poet, which was selected a Best Books for Writers by Poets & Writers, A Long High Whistle: Selected Columns on Poetry, which received the Oregon Book Award for General Nonfiction, and The Book of Men and Women, which was chosen for Best Books of the Year by the Poetry Foundation and received the Oregon Book Award for Poetry. He is the editor of the Everyman’s Library edition of Poems of the American South and also Long Journey: Contemporary Northwest Poets, which received the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. He was a 2018 National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalist for the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. From 2005-2010 he was the editor of Poetry Northwest, and since 2012 he has written the Poetry Wire column for The Rumpus. Forthcoming in 2019 is a book of poems, Republic Cafe.
Recipient of Lannan, National Endowment for the Arts, and Stegner fellowships, he has taught at Stanford University, University of Maryland, George Washington University, and Wake Forest University, as well as other colleges and universities. In addition to serving as Poet-in-Residence at Oregon State University, he is a core faculty member in the Rainier Writers Workshop MFA Program and President of the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters.
At Oregon State, his focus is on the writing of poetry, 20th and 21st century American and world poetry, and poetics.