We’re thrilled to be hosting a reading by this dynamic duo of poets!
David Biespiel is the author of ten books, most recently The Education of a Young Poet; A Long High Whistle, which received the 2016 Oregon Book Award for General Nonfiction; Charming Gardeners; and The Book of Men and Women, which was chosen as one of the Best Books of the Year by the Poetry Foundation and received the 2011 Oregon Book Award for Poetry. He is a contributing writer at The Rumpus, where he writes the Poetry Wire column, as well as to American Poetry Review, Politico, New Republic, Partisan, Slate, Poetry, and The New York Times. From 2005-2010 he was the editor of Poetry Northwest. He is a recipient of Lannan, National Endowment for the Arts, and Stegner fellowships, and he has taught at Stanford University, University of Maryland, George Washington University, and Wake Forest University, in addition to other colleges and universities. He is a longtime faculty member in the MFA program at the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University and also in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Program. He is the President of the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters in Portland.
Wendy Willis is a poet and essayist living in Portland, Oregon. Her second book of poems, A Long Late Pledge, won the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize and was released by Bear Star Press in September 2017. Her first book of poems, Blood Sisters of the Republic, was published by Press 53 in 2012. Wendy has also published poems and essays in a wide variety of journals, including New England Review, Oregon Humanities, Poetry Northwest, The Rumpus, Zócalo Public Square, and ZYZZYVA. Wendy is also the Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium and the founder and director of Oregon’s Kitchen Table.