Literary Arts Institute Lectures

Spencer Reece: Poetry Reading and Audience Q&A


Spencer Reece

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Spencer Reece is an ordained Episcopalian priest, who currently works as a chaplain in Spain. His first poetry book, The Clerk’s Tale (2004), was chosen for the Bakeless Poetry Prize by Louise Glück and later adapted into a short film produced by James Franco. His poetry collection The Road to Emmaus (2013) was nominated for the National Book Award. Reece has received numerous fellowships, including from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Library of Congress. Reece received a grant from the Fulbright Foundation to fund his work of teaching poetry in a Honduran orphanage in 2012-2013, and compiled and published a book of his students’ poems: Counting Time Like People Count Stars: Poems by the Girls of Little Roses, San Pedro Sula, Honduras (2017). Reece’s experiences with these students was also filmed and produced into a documentary: Voices Beyond the Wall: Twelve Love Poems from the Murder Capital of the World.

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