Douglas Spangle, biography

Douglas Spangle, born in Roanoke, Virginia, and raised in a Park Service family, spent his childhood in various western states before his family moved overseas. He finished high school in Ankara, Turkey, and attended U. of Maryland's Munich Campus (1968-1971). He spent the next four years as a stagehand at the Münchener Kammerspiele Schauspielhaus.

He has been involved in all aspects of Portland's poetry scene, curating city-wide poetry and cultural events such as ArtQuake, co-editing Rain City Review, hosting open mic series at Satyricon and other venues, hosting the widely-known, decade-long open mic at Café Lena.

His many chapbooks include a translation of Friedrich Hölderlin's poetry, Blood and Wine (Fly Leaf editions, 2008). Author of A White Concrete Day: Poems, 1978-2013, recipient of Oregon Literary Arts' Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award, he is currently translating Swiss authors Christoph Keller, Florian Vetsch, and Clemens Umbricht for Gobshite Quarterly and several Swiss anthologies.


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