Bryan Beck grew up in Monmouth, Oregon and recieved a B.A. in English from Portland State University. His poems and essays have appeared in Portland Review, the Oregonian, Octopus Magazine, Propeller, and Spork, as well as in the Everyman's Library anthology The Art of Angling: Poems About Fishing (Knopf 2011). Currently he is an MFA candidate in the Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts, where he is a teaching assistant.
Recognizing the need for poetry in our lives, the Oregon Poetic Voices Project (OPV) is a comprehensive digital archive of poetry readings that will complement existing print collections of poetry across the state.
"We each carry lines of poetry with us. Words that others have written float back to us and stay with us, indelibly. We clutch these "life lines" like totems, repeat them as mantras, and summon them for comfort and laughter."
-Academy of American Poets