Raphael Dagold, "Bastard Heart" reading, with David Biespiel
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 7:30pm
Raphael Dagold, "Bastard Heart" reading, with David Biespiel

Tuesday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.

The Waypost, 3120 N. Williams Ave. Portland, OR. 

This event is free and open to the public

In partnership with Portland State University's Department of English and the Urban Honors Program, the Portland Center for Public Humanities will host a reading from poet Raphael Dagold, presenting works from his latest publication, Bastard Heart. He is joined by local writer and Attic Institute founder, David Biespiel.

The poems in Bastard Heart explore pain, hope, loss, self-protection and self-preservation through family and community narratives and generational divides, underlined with the history of Jewish experience, to stunning depth and effect. Dagold won the 2014 Gerald Cable Book Award from Silverfish Review Press in Eugene, Oregon for Bastard Heart, and the collection was twice a finalist for the Philip Levine Book Prize.

Dagold received his MFA from the University of Oregon, and has taught writing and literature at Lewis & Clark College, Mt. Hood Community College, and other institutions. He is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing and literature at the University of Utah. He has won fellowships and awards from the Ucross Foundation, Oregon Literary Arts, and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. Dagold's poems, short stories, and photographs have appeared in Frank, Northwest Review, Born, Western Humanities Review, two girls review, and other publications; a fable is included in Persea Books' Sudden Flash Youth: 65 Short-Short Stories.

Biespiel founded the The Attic Institute in 1999 as an independent writing studio in Portland's historic Hawthorne district. His books of poetry include: Charming Gardeners, The Book of Men and Women which was named Best Poetry of the Year for 2009 by the Poetry Foundation and also received the Oregon Book Award, Wild Civility, Pilgrims & Beggars, and Shattering Air. He has held a Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, a Lannan Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature.