Thursday November 8, 2012

PUTNEY -- Next Stage Arts Project present poets Victoria Redel and Sydney Lea on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill. Following their readings, there will be a question-and-answer period, and both artists will be available to meet people and sign copies of their work. Tickets are $10, available at www.nextstagearts.org.

For more information, contact Next Stage Arts at 802-387-0102 or nextstagearts@gmail.com.

Redel is the author of three books of poetry and three books of fiction. Her most recent book of poetry, "Woman Without Umbrella," has just been released. "Loverboy" was awarded the 2001 S. Mariella Gable Novel Award and the 2002 Forward Silver Literary Fiction Prize and was chosen in 2001 as a Los Angeles Times Best Book. "Loverboy" was adapted for a feature film directed by Kevin Bacon. Her most recent collection of poems, "Swoon" (2003), was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award. Redel is on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College.

Lea is the Poet Laureate of Vermont. His most recent collection of poems is "Six Sundays Toward a Seventh: Selected Spiritual Poems," from publishers Wipf and Stock. Later this year, the University of Michigan Press will issue "A Hundred Himalayas," a sampling from his critical work over four decades.


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"A North Country Life: Tales of Woodsmen, Waters and Wildlife," a third volume of outdoor essays, will be published in 2013, and his 11th poetry collection, "I Was Thinking of Beauty," will follow.

Lea founded New England Review in 1977 and edited it until 1989. Of his nine previous poetry collections, "Pursuit of a Wound" was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. The preceding volume, "To the Bone: New and Selected Poems," was co-winner of the 1998 Poets’ Prize. Lea has received fellowships from the Rockefeller, Fulbright and Guggenheim Foundations, and has taught at Dartmouth, Yale, Wesleyan, Vermont and Middlebury Colleges. He lives in Newbury and is active both in literacy efforts and in conservation.