Poet, critic, and writer David Biespiel was born in 1964 and grew up in Houston, Texas. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, most recently Charming Gardeners (2014) and The Book of Men and Women (2013), winner of the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry. His books of essays include a book on creativity, Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces (2010), and A Long High Whistle: Selected Columns on Poetry, which received the Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction. His poetry and prose have appeared in The Rumpus, American Poetry Review, Politico, the New Republic, Partisan, Slate, Poetry, and the New York Times, among other publications.
From 2005 to 2010, Biespiel was the editor of Poetry Northwest. He has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the NEA, and he was a Stegner fellow at Stanford University. He has taught at Stanford, University of Maryland, George Washington University, Portland State University, and Wake Forest University, in additon to other colleges and universities. He is a longtime faculty member in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University and also in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Program. Biespiel currently serves as the President of the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters in Portland, Oregon.