A WRITE SALON EVENT – The Write Salon is thrilled to welcome SPENCER REECE back to Madrid to talk about his long-awaited new collection of poems, Acts. In conversation with Spain-based Venezuelan poet and editor GABRIELA LOVERA, Spencer will talk about his spiritual and deeply human approach to poetry and the decades-long process of writing the poems in Acts.

Afterwards, readers will mingle with Spencer and Gabriela to continue the conversation over wine and snacks in Madrid’s only 100% English bookstore, Secret Kingdoms. Join us for this intimate, one-time literary event!

SPENCER REECE’S first book of poetry in 10 years, Acts, will be published in May 2024. A love letter to Madrid and the two East Coast towns where Reece has lived, Acts is also an homage to the letter form itself and the ways in which long-distance communication with loved ones has changed. A poet, priest and painter, Reece is the author of two acclaimed works of poetry: The Clerk’s Tale (2003), selected by Louise Glück for the Bakeless Prize, and The Road to Emmaus (2014), which was long-listed for the National Book Award and short-listed for the Griffin Prize. A vicar at St. Paul’s in Rhode Island, Reece lives and writes in Connecticut.

GABRIELA LOVERA is a poet, editor, and the founder of the alternative publishing space petalurgia.com. Her body of work includes poetry collections Extraño vértigo (2020), Desvelos (2012), Y de la noche tanto (2004), and Por debajo del viento (2000). Gabriela has also authored children’s books, ¡Tururú! (2024) and Duendes caseros ¡hasta en la tostadora! (2016), and a literary essay, Sabia Vida Savia: manual de irrealismo pragmático (2008). Her work has been featured in various anthologies of Venezuelan and Latin American poetry. Gabriela also creates collages. She was born in Caracas.

Tickets: 6€

Secret Kingdoms is the new English Language bookshop in Madrid. Located in an old factory in Barrio de las Letras, it specializes in Spanish History and Literature in English whilst still offering a broad range of books across all genres.

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