Sydney Lea

Sydney Lea

Sydney Lea is a poet, novelist, essayist, editor, and professor. He was Poet Laureate of Vermont from 2011-2015. His most recent collection of poems, No Doubt the Nameless, is available from Four Way Books. His fourth collection of lyrical essays, What’s the Story? Short Takes on a Life Grown Long, was published in 2016 by Vermont’s Green Writers Press, which in 2017 produced Roads Taken: Contemporary Vermont Poets, an anthology he co-edited with his successor as state poet, Chard deNiord. The same publisher has scheduled The Music of What Happens: Lyric and Everyday Life, News that Stays News, a collection of newspaper columns on poetry, composed during Lea’s laureate tenure for fall of 2018. He has taught for the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College, and at Yale University, Wesleyan University, Vermont College, Middlebury College, Franklin University Switzerland, and the National Hungarian University. He founded New England Review in 1977 and edited it till 1989. His work has appeared in literary journals and magazines including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Virginia Quarterly Review. He lives in Newbury, Vermont.