Literary series to feature poet David Biespiel at Willamette Nov. 14

David Biespiel, an Oregon Book Award winner and renowned poet, is reading selections of his work on campus Nov. 14 as part of Willamette University’s Hallie Ford Literary Series.

The free event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of the Hatfield Library.

“For a writer, [a literary reading] is an opportunity to seed new writing into a public space,” Biespiel says. “For readers, it is an opportunity to reap the harvest of literary experience, listen to the newest writing and to linger with writers and other interesting, creative people.”

Winner of the Oregon Book Award for Poetry in 2011, David Biespiel is the author of several books of poetry, including “Shattering Air,” “Wild Civility” and “The Book of Men and Women.”

He is the founder of the Attic Institute, an independent literary center in Portland, and he writes a regular column on poetry for The Oregonian. Among his many awards are a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry and a Lannan Fellowship.

Biespiel says that the audience can expect to hear a full harvest of his writing from the past two decades, with selections from his past and forthcoming works.

The Hallie Ford Literary Series is organized by members of Willamette’s English Department. The series features poets, novelists, short story writers and others, who are brought to campus to discuss the writing process with students and read excerpts of their works through free, public events.

Past speakers include novelist Catherine Chung, poet Stephanie Lenox and fiction writer Natalie Serber. The next presenters are composer James Miley and poet Katharine Rauk on Nov. 29.

For more information, contact Scott Nadelson at 503-370-6290 or by email at