Spencer Reece and Gregory Pardlo

April 6, 2021 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights Virtual - Zoom

Please join us for a reading and conversation with poets Spencer Reece and Gregory Pardlo, to celebrate the release of Spencer Reese's The Secret Gospel of Mark: A Poet's Memoir.

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Kirkus Reviews, starred review says of the book, “In a resonant, deeply moving memoir, award-winning poet Reece (b. 1963) reflects on love, spirituality, family, and his torments over his sexual identity. … A beautifully written, engrossing narrative.” Carolyn Forché, poet and author of What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance says, “Spencer Reece’s The Secret Gospel of Mark is ‘a memoir-breviary, a poetry devotional’ for our time, in the company of Thomas Merton’s The Seven Story Mountain. With extraordinary candor, Reece discloses the whole of his life, body and soul, as poet and priest, brother and son. It is an extraordinary journey of sexual and spiritual awakening, in the company of poets from beginning to end. A profound and necessary work, luminous and full of grace.”

Spencer Reece is the author of The Clerk's Tale (2003), winner of the Bakeless Prize and the Larry Levis Prize and finalist for the LA Times Book Award, The Road to Emmaus (2014), long-list nominee for the National Book Award and the Griffin Prize, and most recentlyThe Secret Gospel of Mark: A Poet's Memoir (2021). In 2017 he edited a bilingual anthology of poems, Counting Time Like People Count Stars, by the abandoned girls of Our Little Roses in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. In 2021, another book, All The Beauty Still Left: A Poet's Painted Book of Hours is forthcoming. He has been an Episcopal priest in Honduras followed by 7 years in Madrid, Spain, working for the bishop there. He has returned now to the United States and hopes to share news of a new post as a rector of a parish soon. Currently, he is the interim priest in charge at Saint Mark’s/San Marcos in Jackson Heights, NYC, which The New York Times has called, “the world’s most diverse neighbourhood.” 2024 will see the publication of his third collection of poems by Farrar, Straus, Giroux, entitled: Acts.

Gregory Pardlo's collection Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Other honors include fellowships from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center, the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts for translation. His first poetry collection Totem won the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is Poetry Editor of Virginia Quarterly Review and Director of the MFA program at Rutgers University-Camden. His most recent book is Air Traffic, a memoir in essays.