Mr. Sydney Lea

Vermont, United States

Sydney Lea's most recent publications include A Hundred Himalayas: Essays on Life and Literature (U. of Michigan Press, 2012), Six Sundays Toward a Seventh: Selected Spiritual Poems (Wipf & Stock, 2012), and Young of the Year, poems (Four Way Books, 2011). Skyhorse publishing will issue his third collection of personal essays, A North Country Life: Tales of Woodsmen, Waters and Wildlife in 2013, and Four Way Books will present his eleventh poetry volume, I Was Thinking of Beauty, in the same year. Recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Fulbright foundations, and a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize, Lea founded and for thirteen years edited New England Review. In 2011, he retired after 43 years of college teaching at Dartmouth, Middlebury, Yale, Wesleyan, the Vermont College MFA program, and several European institutions. He is active in adult literacy and conservation in northern New England.



  • Six Suyndays Toward a Seventh: Selected Spiritual Poems , Wipf and Stock (July 2012)


  • Poet Laureate of Vermont(2011)


  • Professor at Dartmouth College, Mˆddlebury College (September 1969 - March 2011)


  • Doctoral Degree in Coimparative Literature from Yale University (June 1972)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry