Oregon State University

David Biespiel

Instructor of English and Creative Writing (Poetry)

Oregon State University
Moreland 228
2550 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331 USA
Tel: 541-737-1640
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  • BA Boston University
  • MFA University of Maryland
  • Stegner Fellow, Stanford University


David Biespiel’s teaching and research interests include poetics, the creative process, and the teaching of writing. His fourth collection of poetry, The Book of Men and Women, was named Best Poetry of the Year for 2009 by the Poetry Foundation, and won an Oregon Book Award. He is also the author of Wild Civility (University of Washington Press, 2003), Pilgrims and Beggars (Portlandia, 2002), and Shattering Air, (BOA), as well as a book on creativity and the art of poetry, Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces. His poems, essays and reviews have appeared in such journals as Poetry, Parnassus, The New Republic, and the New York Times Book Review and he is a frequent contributor to Politico’s “Arena.” A former editor of Poetry Northwest, he is the founder/director of The Attic: A Haven for Writers in Portland. He received his BA from Boston University, his MFA from the University of Maryland, and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University from 1993-1995.

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Writing, Literature, & Film 238 Moreland Hall 541.737.3244
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