Founder of the Attic Writers Workshop, Portland poet David Biespiel won the Oregon Book Award for 2009’s The Book of Men and Women, which was also named Best Poetry of the Year by the Poetry Foundation. A collection of poems about regret, longing, and loss, the author explores the intricacies of relationships between men and women in settings both real and imaginary. Biespiel’s latest title is Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces, a book about the creative process.
Michael Montlack has published four books of poetry, including his new volume, Cool Limbo. Exploring a colorful variety of subject and theme, Montlack’s poems exhibit a mastery of dialogue and devious one-liners. He confronts the serious and painful while never abandoning his sharp sense of humor and playful spirit. Montlack is also the editor of the non-fiction anthology My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them.
Wendy Willis is a poet, mother, and democracy builder who lives and works in Portland. She has published poems in a variety of journals including The Bellingham Review, Phantom Kangaroo, Poetry Northwest, and Windfall.