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Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Jewish Studies. Memoir. Are we ever done leaving home? Acclaimed poet and memoirist David Biespiel tells the story of the rise and fall of his Jewish boyhood in Texas, and his search for the answer to his life's central riddle. After a near-forty-year exile, Biespiel returns for a day to the world he left behind as a different person. He creates a moving meditation on the meaning of home, uncovering bittersweet realities of age, youth, and family with tenderness and devastating honesty.
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David Biespiel is a poet, memoirist, and literary critic. He is the author of eleven books, among them A PLACE OF EXODUS: HOME, MEMORY, TEXAS (Kelson Books, 2020), Republic Café, The Education of a Young Poet, The Book of Men and Women, A LONG HIGH WISTLE (Antilever Press, 2015), and EVERY WRITER HAS A THOUSAND FACES (Kelson Books, 2020). A contributor to The New Republic, The New Yorker, and Slate, he has won a number of awards for his writing, including Lannan Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Stegner fellowships, two Oregon Book Awards, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, and he has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Balakian Award. He has taught at Stanford University, University of Maryland, George Washington University, and Wake Forest University. He is the founder of the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters and Poet-in-Residence at Oregon State University.Author City: PORTLAND, OR USA