Spencer Reece is a poet who lives in Juno Beach, Florida. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University. Reece received a M.A. from the University of York, a M.T.S. from the Harvard Divinity School, and a M.Div. from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University. At Wesleyan, Spencer took a class in writing verse with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Annie Dillard, whom he describes as "an early encourager," along with James Merrill, the Stonington poet with whom Spencer shared a correspondence.
His 2004 book, The Clerkâ€™s Tale, was published by the Houghton Mifflin Company. The Clerk's Tale was the winner of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Bakeless Prize and was judged by former U.S. poet laureate Louise GlÃ¼ck. The title poem describes a day in the life at a store in the Mall of America; Reece had worked for many years as a sales associate at Brooks Brothers in the Mall. James Franco based his short film on the title poem. Reece's second book, The Road to Emmaus, will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2014. His work has appeared in Boulevard, The New Yorker and The American Poetry Review.
His prose devotional, The Little Entrance, is based on the idea "that poems are like Byzantine icons, portals to the divine", and includes "a series of meditations" on the poets George Herbert, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson and James Merrill. This book is being considered for publication for 2015 by Greywolf Press.