Office: 541-737-1640

Moreland Hall

Moreland Hall 228

2550 SW Jefferson Way

2550 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
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New and Selected Poems, 1996-2026 (forthcoming)

Republic Cafe (2019)

Charming Gardeners (2013)

The Book of Men and Women (2009)

Wild Civility (2003)

Pilgrims & Beggars (2002)

Shattering Air (1996)



A Place of Exodus: Home, Memory, and Texas (2020)

The Education of a Young Poet (2017)



A Long High Whistle: Selected Columns on Poetry (2015)

Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces (2010)



A Self-Portrait in the Year of the High Commission on Love (2023)



Poems of the American South, (2014)

Long Journey: Contemporary Northwest Poets (2006)



Citizen Dave: Selected Poems, 1996-2010 (2010)


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David Biespiel is the Poet-in-Residence at Oregon State University. 

He leads graduate poetry workshops with students enrolled in the graduate MFA program, works with students on completing their final thesis, and teaches undergraduate advanced and intermediate poetry workshops, as well as literature courses.

Biespiel has published over a dozen books of poetry, criticism, memoir, and fiction. He's is a contributing writer at American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Kenyon Review, New England Review, New Republic, The New YorkerPoetry, Poetry International, Parnassus, Sewanee Review, and Slate, among many other publications. His memoir, The Education of a Young Poet, was selected a Best Books for Writers by Poets & Writers. The Book of Men and Women was chosen for Best Books of the Year by the Poetry Foundation. Recognition for his writing includes a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature, a Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing, a Lannan Fellowship, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, two Oregon Book Awards (poetry and criticism), and he's twice been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Balakian Award. 

In 1999 he founded the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters. From 2000-2005 he was editor of Poetry Northwest; from 2012-2019, he wrote the Poetry Wire column for The Rumpus. In addition to teaching at Oregon State University, he has taught at Stanford University, University of Maryland, George Washington University, Wake Forest University, and at other institutions as a visiting writer. 

Affiliated with: 
School of Writing, Literature, and Film
OSU Main Campus
Courses Taught: 

MFA Graduate Poetry Workshop

Advanced Undergraduate Poetry Workshop

Intermediate Undergraduate Poetry Workshop 

Illuminating Happiness

The Art of Reviewing

20th Century World Poetry

Beyond OSU