Sydney Lea is Poet Laureate of Vermont. A recipient of fellowships from the MacArthur, Rockefeller and Fulbright Foundations, Lea founded, and for thirteen years edited, NEW ENGLAND REVIEW. Retired after 43 years of college teaching, he is active in literacy and conservation efforts in northern New England. He has published ten volumes of poetry (most recently I WAS THINKING OF BEAUTY, Four Way Books, NYC, 2013), the novel A PLACE IN MIND, a selection of literary essays, A HUNDRED HIMALAYAS (University of Michigan Press 2012,and three collections of naturalist essays, most recently A NORTH COUNTRY LIFE: TALES OF WOODSMEN, WATERS AND WILDLIFE (Skyhorse Publishing, 2013), of which BOOKLIST said:
"There is a soulful quality to his words and a strong conviction that a connected life is one to be admired and emulated. A cross between Thoreau and David James Duncan, Lea is a northern treasure."
Lea has also co-authored GROWING OLD IN POETRY: TWO POETS, TWO LIVES with Fleda Brown, available from amazon in electronic format.