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          The Break with Kaveh Akbar
          June 30, 2022
          BIPOC Reading Series- June
          July 13, 2022
          Oregon Literary Fellowships Information Session
          July 15, 2022
          Ursula K. Le Guin and Her Legacy: Panel Discussion
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David Biespiel Oregon

David Biespiel is a contributing writer at the New RepublicThe New YorkerPoetryPoliticoThe Rumpus, and Slate. He is the author of six collections of poetry, four books of nonfiction, and is the editor of two anthologies. His most recent books include the memoirs, A Place of Exodus and The Education of a Young Poet, which was selected a Best Books for Writers by Poets & Writers, and a book of poems, Republic Cafe. Recipient of two Oregon Book Awards, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, and Lannan, National Endowment for the Arts, and Stegner fellowships, he has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Balakian Award. He is Poet-in-Residence at Oregon State University where he teaches in the graduate Creative Writing Program and founder of the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters.

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Nov 11

Portland Book Festival  

A Portrait of the Artist: Coming of Age Memoirs

Three writers on how they came of age and found their voice as an artist. Poet and critic David Biespiel’s memoir The Education of a Young Poet charts his coming-of-age as a poet and the ways that language shapes our lives through personal and family history. In Caca Dolce: Essays from a Lowbrow Life, Chelsea

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Nov 9

Portland Book Festival  

Aftermath: Poetry Confronts Politics

Three new poetry collections that confront our modern times by looking at once to the past and to the future, of the world, nation, and the self. A rejection of imposed identity and reclamation of self; imagining a heartbreaking, terrifying future that is an elegy for the present; and a celebration of the importance of

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Nov 11


Nov 11

Poetry   Nonfiction   Fiction   Portland Book Festival  

Hidden Worlds: Julia Cooke, Ruth Ozeki, Atsuro Riley

Portland Book Festival virtual events, presented by Bank of America, will feature variety-show style interviews. Each night, three authors whose work shares thematic connections will join remotely, and interviewers will be broadcasting live from Portland literary locations. Tonights event features: Julia Cooke & Amy Wang; Ruth Ozeki & OPB's Dave Miller; Atsuro Riley & David Biespiel.

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Mar 15