2021 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts


Sydney Lea of Newbury received the 2021 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. This award is the most distinguished recognition bestowed by the State of Vermont. Accordingly, it is reserved for Vermont artists who have had a profound impact on their field within the state of Vermont and beyond. The Governor selects the recipient from a list of nominations compiled from across the state and vetted by the Arts Council. View the video from Governor Phil Scott in bestowing the 2021 Governor’s Award to former Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea of Newbury.

Read the full article here: https://www.vermontartscouncil.org/programs/arts-awards/2021-recipients

Original Source: https://youtu.be/fHxPzrAmdu0

Trailer for HERE with Four Way Books


Sydney Lea reads from his book “Here” which is forthcoming from Four Way Books in September 2019.

Original Source: https://youtu.be/uwyaT6I7jn4

Reading of HERE at Bear Pond Books


Sydney Lea reads from his book “Here”.

Original Source: https://youtu.be/MuXBdNLsjTI

Video Interview with PBS


Poets and Their Craft – Sydney Lea
Episode | 24m 58s | 2016/03/23 | NR

Vermont poets read their works and discuss their sources of inspiration. In this episode, former Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea reads at Norwich Bookstore in Norwich.

Original Source: https://www.vermontpbs.org/poetry

Audio Interview with Shelagh Connor Shapiro

SHELAGH CONNOR SHAPIRO of shelaughswithoutus.com

Sydney Lea – Interview #388
Mar 2nd, 2016 by writethebook

A new interview with Sydney Lea, who has just finished his term as Vermont’s Poet Laureate. His new books are No Doubt the Nameless (Four Way Books) and What’s the Story? Reflections on a Life Grown Long (Green Writers Press).

Original Source: https://writethebook.podbean.com/e/sydney-lea-interview-388-22216

Music credits: 1) “Dreaming 1″ – John Fink; 2) “Filter” – Dorset Greens (a Vermont band featuring several former South Burlington High School students).