Spooner, an assistant editor at Essay Press and a writing teacher in Chicago, is reading Flannery O’Connor and Dorothy Allison as he works toward a second book titled “Grace.” Originally from North Carolina, he is interested in “the personal and mythical ideas about the south.”
“The Body” appears in The Next American Essay in excerpted form, but it was published as a much longer work, on its own, by Slope Editions in 2002. Later it was reprinted by Essay Press in 2007. An excerpt of the essay also appeared in the 2002 edition of The Best American Poetry, edited by Robert Creeley and David Lehman.
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