Quite possibly Spencer Reece is the only poet who, a year apart, was ordained as an Episcopal priest and saw one of his poems, The Clerk's Tale, made into a seven-minute film by James Franco. Indiewire named the short one of Franco's "10 Very Gay Career Highlights."
Ten years and many awards later -- a Guggenheim, a Whiting, an NEA, a Witter Bynner from the Library of Congress -- Reece follows that debut with yesterday's release from FSG, The Road to Emmaus. Fiction readers who prefer a sustained narrative should give this a try: The 144-page book is three poems about the same character. Andrew Solomon selected it as his favorite lgbt book for Thebes' annual poll, asking, "How could anyone fail to be moved by the poet who can write such words?" about these lines from the title poem:
All I know now / is the more he loved me the more I loved the world.
Reece holds four degrees from Wesleyan, the University of York, Harvard Divinity, and Yale Divinity.