An assistant manager at the Palm Beach Gardens Brooks Brothers has written poetry in his spare time for years. Recently he’s had some success with it.
After some 23 years of rejection and struggle, of submissions to The New Yorker and largely unacknowledged entries to assorted literary competitions, Mr. Reece published his first volume of poetry last month.
“I came home one night from Brooks Brothers, and the message was on the machine,” said Mr. Reece, recalling the day, a little over a year ago, when he learned his luck had changed. “It was from Louise GlÃ¼ck,” he continued. Ms. GlÃ¼ck is now the United States poet laureate.
He returned the call to learn that he had won the Bakeless Prize for new authors awarded by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference at Middlebury College.
(Thanks to Max for the link.)