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Former Vermont Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize finalist Sydney Lea will join his fellow poet Marjorie Ryerson, a former professor, state representative, and journalist, in reading from their respective recent collections, What Shines and The Views from Mount Hunger. This event is one of a series presented in partnership by Vermont Book Shop and Ilsley Public Library highlighting Vermont authors. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD AT THE LIBRARY.
Marjorie Ryerson, a former professor of writing and photography at Castleton University, served as Vermont State Representative from the Orange-Washington-Addison district from 2013-2017 and ran the Water Music Project, an international collaboration of musicians, artists, educators, environmentalists and activists who inspire others to connect with and support water-awareness, water-protection and water-education across the globe. Her recent poetry collection, The Views from Mount Hunger, was published in February 2023 by Green Writers Press of Brattleboro.
Sydney Lea, a former Pulitzer finalist, served as founding editor of New England Review and was Vermont’s Poet Laureate from 2011 to 2015. In 2021, he was presented with his home state’s Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. He has published twenty-four books: a novel, five volumes of personal and three of critical essays, and sixteen poetry collections, most recently What Shines (Four Way Books, NYC, 2023). His sixth book of personal essays, Such Dancing as We Can, is due in early 2024, and his second novel, Now Look, in spring of that year.
We are honored to present these two accomplished Vermont poets and look forward to having you with us as they read their work and share reflections and recollections.