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Poetry by Spencer Reese and a party at the Hamilton Ink Spot

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, and raised in Minneapolis, poet Spencer Reece is the son of a pathologist and a nurse. He earned a BA at Wesleyan University, an MA at the University of York, an MTS at Harvard Divinity School, and an MDiv at Yale Divinity School. He was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 2011. Reece’s 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. He is also the author of the collection The Road to Emmaus (2013), which was a longlist nominee for the National Book Award.
 
Reece’s poems explore faith and family, paying attention to the fragility of each. Though he wrote in relative isolation for two decades before his first book was published, Reece received early encouragement from writer Annie Dillard and poet James Merrill. 
 
His honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, grants from the Fulbright Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Council, a Witter Bynner fellowship from the Library of Congress, the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, and a Whiting Writers’ Award.

For this event, SubText Books is partnering with one of our neighbors, Hamilton Ink Spot. From 6pm until 7pm, Spencer will be at SubText reading from his poetry collections. Afterwards, there will be a Q&A as well as a book signing. At the conclusion of the book reading, we will all head over to The Ink Spot for a reception where snacks and beverages will be provided. There will also be the opportunity to have selections from Spencer's poetry to be printed on
broadsides, allowing you to see the letterpress in action!

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