Spencer Dew is the author of Here is How it Happens (Ampersand Books), Songs of Insurgency (Vagabond Press), Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres (Another New Calligraphy), the critical study Learning for Revolution: The Work of Kathy Acker (San Diego State University Press).
Dew is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Centenary College of Louisiana. A regular reviewer for Rain Taxi Review of Books, and a Staff Book Reviewer for decomP magazine, his fiction and essays have appeared in scores of publications, including art reviews in Newcity Chicago and Chicago Artists' News. He is currently researching the history of the Moorish Science Temple of America. Here's Dew on NPR's "All Things Considered," quoted in "The Washington Post", and featured on CBS This Morning about Moorish Science.
*Poet Chris Pusateri offers a brilliant treatment of Here is How it Happens: "The characters... desire experience, but are instantly bored by what they create. They do not live in the present: their happiness is dependent on making memories that can then be idealized -- memories that are, by definition, unattainable."
*Another review of Here is How it Happens. According to Small Press Reviews, "Dew perfectly captures the desperation of his characters to stay true to their ideal selves even as they realize that they're all doomed to become echoes of their parents."
*Spencer Dew interviewed for "The Next Big Thing" about the forthcoming Here is How it Happens.
*Spencer Dew interviewed by Karen Lillis about "the art of book reviewing"; plus Spencer Dew''s "Best of 2011" list for Karen the Small Press Librarian's "Best of the Small Press 2011"
*New Spencer Dew short story, "The Process of Discovery" at TriQuarterly.
*Spencer Dew quoted in USA Today on Moorish Science.
*Spencer Dew on the Almighty Black P-Stone Nation--gangs, religion, and the law.
*Spencer Dew on sovereign citizen ideology and the religion of Moorish Science.
*Spencer Dew on Ayaan Hirsi Ali's hatred of Islam and fetishization of Christianity.
*Spencer Dew on the ethical problematic of Jack Kerouac's theology.
*Spencer Dew on Troika Ranch's loopdiver, the work of Jack Smith, new fiction from Helen Oyeyemi, the reception of contemporary Muslim theologian Tariq Ramadan, the dramatic trajectory of the Nutcracker, and the problem of racism in the history of American/Haitian relations.
Reviews of Songs of Insurgency
Hipster Book Club: "These three- to ten-page stories are meant to be savored like bitter chocolate."
Tarpaulin Sky: "It's about cliche. And saturation. And how our perceptions as Western readers and intellectuals cannot easily be divorced from the media in which we live."
St Louis Post-Dispatch: "Spencer Dew pounds through the apathy and delusions of our post-9/11 world with the force of a jackhammer.... In their rawness and brevity, the stories send up a flare from the accident scene of our world.... The world is not all right, and these characters aren't going to pretend that it is."
Time Out Chicago: "In his 23 sharp, poignant shorts, Chicago writer Spencer Dew lays out a terrifying post-September 11th world.... His book hits like a sock to the gut..."
Mark Baumer of Everyday Yeah: "I wanted to eat every page after I read it"
Ian Wood at Write Bastard: "Dew has deliberately separated himself from the black and white political orthodoxy which infects so much of the creative class in the post 9-11 American sphere."
David Erlewine at The Short Review: "Spencer Dew's Songs of Insurgency is hysterical and heartbreaking, often brutally dark, rife with unhealthy sex, failures to connect, fetishes, injuries, and death."
Mark Peacock Brush of Wandering Army in The Mile Hive: "The writing is roundly poetic, but never without purpose, and never without some tragic story to tell. Dew writes about human difficulty, and leaves it difficult."
Interview with Amy Guth on Chicago Now
Interview with Ben Tanzer on This Blog Will Change Your Life
Interview with The Short Review
Interview with Mark Baumer of Everyday Yeah
Interview with Aleathia Drehmer on Guild of Outsider Writers
Interview with Ragad's Nick Ostdick
Spencer Dew's "Book Note" essay on Largehearted Boy
Interview with What to Wear During an Orange Alert
Interview with SmokeLong Quarterly
Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartes is available via Another New Calligraphy
at Writing Raw
at Hobart Pulp
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Contact: Spencer Dew at Gmail dot com