Vermont Poet Laureate Gives Talk on Poetry at Southern Vermont College

February 12, 2013

Examining the interaction of the left brain and right brain in the making of poems, Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea delivered a lecture, entitled “Poetry: Another Way of Knowing.” Part of Southern Vermont College’s “Look Within, See Beyond: Stories of Empowerment and Change” lecture series, Lea’s talk was delivered on Tuesday, February 19, at 2:20 p.m. in the Everett Theatre on campus. Free and open to the public, the lecture followed with a reception and book signing with Lea, in the College’s Burgdorff Gallery.

Lea’s poetry collections include his most recent “Six Sundays Toward a Seventh: Selected Spiritual Poems” (Wipf and Stock) and, in 2011, “Young of the Year” (Four Way Books). A sample of his critical work spanning four decades, “A Hundred Himalayas,” will soon be issued by the University of Michigan Press. In 2013, “A North Country Life: Tales of Woodsmen, Waters and Wildlife” (Skyhorse Publishing), a third volume of outdoor essays, will be published to be followed by “I Was Thinking of Beauty” (Four Way Books). Lea has also  written “Ghost Pain,” a book of poems, and a second nonfiction volume, “A Little Wildness: Some Notes on Rambling.”

A resident of Newbury, Vt., Lea has been described as “a man in the woods with his head full of books, and a man in books with his head full of woods.” Experienced in several genres, Lea founded the “New England Review” in 1977 and continued to edit the publication until 1989. One of his nine previous poetry collections, “Pursuit of a Wound” (University of Illinois Press, 2000), was among three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. He was co-winner of the 1998 Poets’ Prize for the preceding volume, “To the Bone: New and Selected Poems.” His other writings are “A Place in Mind” (Scribner) and “Hunting the Whole Way Home” (University Press of New England, 1994).

A recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller, Fulbright, and Guggenheim Foundations, Lea has taught at Dartmouth, Yale, Wesleyan, the University of Vermont, and Middlebury Colleges in addition to Franklin College in Switzerland and the National Hungarian University in Budapest. Lea’s works have appeared in “The New Yorker,” “The Atlantic,” “The New Republic,” “The New York Times,” “Sports Illustrated,” and periodicals and anthologies.