The Sydney Lea NC Archive


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SYDNEY LEA is Poet Laureate of Vermont. He founded New England Review in 1977 and edited it till 1989. Of his nine previous poetry collections, Pursuit of a Wound (University of Illinois Press, 2000) was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. To the Bone: New and Selected Poems, was co-winner of the 1998 Poets’ Prize. In 1989, Lea also published the novel A Place in Mind with Scribner. His 1994 collection of naturalist essays, Hunting the Whole Way Home, was re-issued in paper by the Lyons Press in 2003. His selection of literary essays, A Hundred Himalayas, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2012. In 2013, Skyhorse Publications brought out A North Country Life: Tales of Woodsmen, Waters and Wildlife, and Four Way Books published his eleventh poetry collection, I Was Thinking of Beauty. 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. His stories, poems, essays and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and many other periodicals, as well as in more than forty anthologies. He lives in Newbury, Vermont, where he is active in statewide literacy and conservation efforts.



River, Stars, and Blessed Failure: Brief Essays

The Serpent on Barnet Knoll: Three Essays

Sex & Death

Mrs. Ragnetti and the Spider

Pony and Graveyard: A Dream of the Flesh

A Short Sad Story

Becoming a Poet: A Way to Know


Weathers and Places


Incline My Stubborn Heart: Poems


Tonight’s the Night: Cartoons & Poetry — James Kochalka & Sydney Lea

No Consequence: A Poem For Goran Simić

A Lucky Man: Poems


Contraband Dreams: Review of Poetry Collections by Catherine Greenwood, Russell Thornton & David Seymour

Onward From Insufficiency: Review of Don McKay’s Angular Unconformity: Collected Poems 1970-2014

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