Spencer Reece is a poet and priest. His first collection, The Clerk's Tale, won the Bakeless Prize in 2003, selected by Louise Gluck, and his second collection, The Road to Emmaus, was longlisted for the National Book Award. He has received an NEA grant, a Guggenheim grant, a Witter Bynner Prize from the Library Congress, a Whiting Writers' Award, and the Amy Lowell Travelling Scholarship. His poems have been published in The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Scholar, and The New Republic. He served at the Honduran orphanage Our Little Roses, and works for the Bishop of Spain for the Reformed Episcopal Church, Iglesia Española Reformada Episcopal.