Thursday March 28, 2013

BELLOWS FALLS -- The Rockingham Library will kick off National Poetry Month on Monday, April 1, at 6 p.m., with a visit from Poet Laureate of Vermont, Sydney Lea.

Lea is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet and author of more than a dozen books of poetry, essays and fiction, and the founding editor of the publication New England Review. He has been awarded fellowships from the Rockefeller, Guggenheim and Fulbright Foundations, and taught at Dartmouth, Yale, Wesleyan, the University of Vermont and Middlebury College. His stories, poems, essays and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and many other periodicals, as well as in more than 40 anthologies.

Lea was appointed to a four-year term as Poet Laureate of Vermont by Gov. Peter Shumlin in 2011. As Poet Laureate, Lea has been visiting libraries and promoting literacy around Vermont. National Poetry Month is held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture.

Lea will share some of his poetry with those in attendance on April 1, and there will be time for questions, discussion and a book signing. This event is free and open to the public with light refreshments and books for sale. The Rockingham Library is located at 65 Westminster St.

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