to CVABE Board member, Sydney Lea, on being named Vermont's new Poet
The Vermont Arts Council is pleased to
announce that Governor Peter Shumlin has
appointed Sydney Lea of Newbury, VT as Vermont’s next Poet
Laureate. A public ceremony honoring Mr. Lea will be held on
November 4 at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Montpelier. The ceremony will be
attended by Governor Shumlin as part of an
evening celebrating the arts in Vermont.
Sydney Lea lives in Newbury, Vermont, and has
been a Vermont resident since the early 1990s. He has worked with
CVABE as a volunteer tutor in Orange County and, for many years, as
an officer of the organization's Board of Directors.
Lea has received fellowships from the
Rockefeller, Fulbright, and Guggenheim Foundations, and has taught at
Dartmouth, Yale, Wesleyan, Vermont and Middlebury Colleges as well as at
Franklin College in Switzerland and the National Hungarian University in
Budapest. Lea has also been very active for the past quarter century in
land conservation and the promotion of literacy. (www.sydneylea.net)
The Advisory Committee found
Sydney Lea’s poetry to be virtuosic in texture and form, yet likely to be
engaging to a diversity of readers and listeners because of the work’s
dramatic intensity, narrative momentum, and musicality, and because of
this poet’s extraordinarily evocative descriptions of northern New
England’s landscapes, animal and plant life, and the seasonal panorama.
Through all of his books, Lea has paid particular attention to the
stories of generations living alongside one another in north-country
villages, including the interactions of “old-timers” and relative
newcomers. He continues the tradition of Vermont poets who are both
singular — one of a kind — and broadly accessible.
For more information about
Sydney and the honor of being named Vermont’s Poet Laureate, please go to
the website of the Vermont Arts Council.
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student prepare for the written drivers test. Don is a Master Carpenter,
a history buff, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics
Education. He loves teaching and says, "I enjoy the moment when
someone 'gets it' and they are so fulfilled."