Join us for readings by Rick Barot and David Biespiel!
Rick Barot, poetry editor of NER, has published three volumes of poetry: The Darker Fall (2002), Want (2008), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize, and Chord (2015), all published by Sarabande Books. His fourth book of poems, The Galleons, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2020. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Artist Trust of Washington, the Civitella Ranieri, and Stanford University. He lives in Tacoma, Washington, and directs The Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.
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.