Poet David Biespiel

Please join us for the third event in the Fall 2012 Hallie Ford Literary Series, with a reading by poet David Biespiel on Wednesday, November 14. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of Willamette’s library and is free and open to the public.

David Biespiel is the author of five books, including The Book of Men and Women, winner of the 2011 Oregon Book Award in poetry. He is the founder and executive director of the Attic Institute, an independent literary center in Portland, and writes a regular column on poetry for The Oregonian. Among his many awards are a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, and a Lannan Fellowship. He currently teaches at Oregon State University and in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Program at Pacific Lutheran University.

In citing it as one of the best books of the year, The Poetry Foundation had this to say about The Book of Men and Women: “In his book about regret, longing, and loss, Biespiel explores the intricacies of relationships between men and women in settings both real and imaginary.”

Read some of David’s poem’s here: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/david-biespiel#about

Read his provacative essay on the role of the poet in public and political discourse here: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/article/239284

Read his latest poetry column in The Oregonian here: http://www.oregonlive.com/books/index.ssf/2012/10/poetry_punctuated_with_poise.html