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DAVID BIESPIEL grew up in in the Meyerland section of Houston, Texas. He is a contributing writer at American Poetry ReviewNew RepublicNew York Times, The New Yorker, Poetry, PoliticoThe Rumpus, and Slate. He is the author of six collections of poetry, three books of nonfiction, and is the editor of two anthologies. His most recent books include: Republic Café, published in 2019, The Education of a Young Poet, which was selected a Best Books for Writers by Poets & WritersA Long High Whistle, which received the Oregon Book Award for General Nonfiction, and The Book of Men and Women, which was chosen for Best Books of the Year by the Poetry Foundation and received the Oregon Book Award for Poetry. Recipient of Lannan, National Endowment for the Arts, and Stegner fellowships, he was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Balakian Award. David has taught at Stanford University, University of Maryland, George Washington University, and Wake Forest University, in addition to other colleges and universities. He is Poet-in-Residence at Oregon State University, a core faculty member in the Rainier Writers Workshop MFA Program, and founder of the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters.