Join us to learn about Sydney Lea's new book, Seen From All Sides, a compendium of essays composed in his tenure as Vermont Poet Laureate. Originally published as newspaper columns, Lea’s essays connect poetry with the full range of everyday life experiences, from humble to inspirational.
“Seen From All Sides demonstrates [Lea’s] amazing energy as a writer, his traveling the world on behalf of poetry and poets, and his deep appreciation of this state and its poets!”
—David Huddle, author of Blacksnake at the Family Reunion and My Surly Heart
Sydney Lea was Vermont's Poet Laureate from 2011-2015. He’s published numerous books, among them Pursuit of a Wound, a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. He is the founder of New England Review, was awarded Rockefeller, Fulbright, and Guggenheim fellowships, and he taught at colleges and universities in New England and Europe. His stories, poems, essays, and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times, and Sports Illustrated as well as in more than fifty anthologies. He lives in Newbury, Vermont.
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Sydney Lea says he hopes these columns will continue to be of interest to poetry lovers and students, but above all to the common reader. Seeking at every turn to avoid jargon, he explores how the making of a poet's art resembles the making of any reader's life. For Lea, poetry and everyday life are deeply entangled.