Writers at York
The American poet Spencer Reece is a priest as well as poet and was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 2011. He has an MA from the University of York, an MTS from Harvard Divinity School, and an MDiv from Yale Divinity School., and was awarded a Fulbright grant to work on a collaborative writing project with children at an orphanage in Honduras in 2012-2013. He is currently chaplain in the Reformed Episcopal Cathedral in Madrid.
Annie Dillard has said that ‘Reading Spencer Reece makes you recall why you love poetry’. His debut collection of poetry, The Clerk’s Tale (2004), was chosen for the Bakeless Poetry Prize by Louise Glück and adapted into a short film by director James Franco. His second collection The Road to Emmaus (2013) was long-listed for the National Book Award in the USA and has been short-listed for the prestigious Griffin Award in 2015. Louise Gluck has written that: ‘We do not expect virtuosity as the outward form of soul-making, nor do we associate generosity and humanity with such sophistication of means, such polished intelligence . . . Much life has gone into the making of this art, much patient craft.’ Andrew Solomon observes that ‘many of Spencer Reece’s poems move forward with the narrative punch of short stories’ while Jonathan Farmer notes ‘a quality of devotion’ in his new book that ‘makes the secular seem sacred.’
Writers at York offers a lively programme of public readings and workshops, and aims to celebrate and explore the work of emerging and established contemporary writers.