Writing Center's Spencer wins poetry prize

February 9, 2023

Ford School writing instructor Molly Spencer’s poetry collection, Invitatory, was selected as a 2022 New Measure Poetry Prize Winner. It is Spencer ‘s third collection, joining If the House (University of Wisconsin Press, 2019) and Hinge (SIU Press, 2020). Invitatory will be published early next year.

In its citation, Parlor Press noted, “Invitatory hovers in a space between worlds: one disintegrating, the next yet unformed; outside of time, but teeming with the desires time presents. Probing the nature and reliability of language and perception, the contours of loss and suffering, and the complexities of ordinary love, Invitatory insists that we confront, not only the world, but ourselves in it. And, in equal measure, that we abide in the gap where, again and again, we choose whether to turn away or to pledge ourselves to the world-as-it-is, and the world-as-it-might-be, once more.”