Author Sydney Lea at Unity College Center for the Performing Arts on February 10

By Unity College | Jan 29, 2014
Sydney Lea


Unity, Maine –  Noted writer and environmentalist Sydney Lea will read and discuss his work at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot Street, Unity, on Monday, February 10 at 7:30 pm.  Admission is free and open to the general public.
     “Syd has been described as a man in the woods with his head full of books, and a man in books with his head full of the woods,” noted Michele Leavitt, Special Assistant for College Outreach.  “His work speaks to sportsmen, conservationists, and activists, to anyone who loves the outdoors.”
     Lea’s most recent books are I Was Thinking of Beauty, his tenth poetry collection, and A North Country Life: Tales of Woodsmen, Waters and Wildlife, a collection of essays about his connection to the northern outdoors, many of which are set in and around Grand Lake Stream, where he has a camp.  In 2012, he was designated a “Conservation Hero” by Field and Stream magazine, and a previous poetry collection, Ghost Pain, was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.  He founded The New England Review, and has held teaching posts at Middlebury, Wesleyan, and Dartmouth. He lives in Vermont, where he currently serves as the state’s poet laureate.
     In recent years Unity College has gained national attention for a variety of achievements including its focus on sustainability science, the leading-edge of 21st century ecological problem solving and the vanguard in the fight for the mitigation of global climate change; its ground-breaking green innovations such as the award-winning TerraHaus, the first student residence on a college or university campus built to the Passive House standard, the most energy efficient building standard in the world; and being the first college in the United States to divest from investments in fossil fuels, igniting a growing national movement in higher education.
     Through the framework of sustainability science, Unity College provides a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Through experiential and collaborative learning, our graduates emerge as responsible citizens, environmental stewards, and visionary leaders.


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