Sydney Lea of Newbury named Vermont Poet Laureate

first_imgThe Vermont Arts Council is pleased to announce that Governor Peter Shumlin has appointed Sydney Lea of Newbury as Vermont’s next Poet Laureate to succeed Ruth Stone, whose four-year term ends in 2011.  A public ceremony honoring Mr. Lea will be held on November 4 at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Montpelier. The ceremony will be attended by Governor Shumlin as part of an evening celebrating the arts in Vermont. Sydney Lea lives in Newbury and has been a Vermont resident since the early 1990s.  He is the prolific author of a number of collections of poetry, including Young of the Year (Four Way Books, 2011); Ghost Pain (Sarabande Books, 2005); Pursuit of a Wound (University of Illinois Press, 2000); To the Bone: New and Selected Poems (University of Illinois Press, 1996); Prayer for the Little City (Scribner’s, 1989); No Sign (University of Georgia Press, 1987); The Floating Candles (University of Illinois Press, 1982), and Searching the Drowned Man (University of Illinois Press, 1980). Syd Lea 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 woods.’ Renowned as a prose writer as well as poet, he has also published a novel and two books of essays that combine the precision of an active naturalist and ecologist with the erudition of a multilingual professor of literature. His stories, poems, essays and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Gray’s Sporting Journal, and many other periodicals, as well as in more than forty anthologies. Lea co-founded the literary quarterly New England Review in 1977, oversaw its move to the Bread Loaf Writers Conference at Middlebury College, and edited this esteemed journal until 1989. His poetry collections have earned special critical acclaim, with Pursuit of a Wound, (2000) named one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. His preceding volume, To the Bone: New and Selected Poems, was co-winner of the 1998 Poets’ Prize, one of the nation’s highest honors for a single collection of poems. Lea has received fellowships from the Rockefeller, Fulbright, and Guggenheim Foundations, and has taught at Dartmouth, Yale, Wesleyan, Vermont and Middlebury Colleges as well as at Franklin College in Switzerland and the National Hungarian University in Budapest. Lea has also been very active for the past quarter century in land conservation and the promotion of literacy.  (www.sydneylea.net(link is external) ) The Advisory Committee found Sydney Lea’s poetry to be virtuosic in texture and form, yet likely to be engaging to a diversity of readers and listeners because of the work’s dramatic intensity, narrative momentum, and musicality, and because of this poet’s extraordinarily evocative descriptions of northern New England’s landscapes, animal and plant life, and the seasonal panorama. Through all of his books, Lea has paid particular attention to the stories of generations living alongside one another in north-country villages, including the interactions of ‘old-timers’ and relative newcomers. He continues the tradition of Vermont poets who are both singular ‘ one of a kind ‘ and broadly accessible. POET LAUREATE INFORMATION AND BACKGROUND History:Robert Frost was declared Poet Laureate in 1961. In 1988 Governor Kunin re-established the position of Poet Laureate, at that time referred to as the State Poet.  (Reference:  Executive Order No 69, 1988)  Galway Kinnell was the first State Poet named for a term of 4 years as a result of this order. Since then Louise Glück, Ellen Bryant Voigt, and Grace Paley have also held the position.  Ruth Stone is the current Poet Laureate and her term will end upon the installation of Sydney Lea in November, 2011. At Stone’s investiture in 2007, Governor Douglas returned the designation back to Poet Laureate. CRITERIA:The Vermont Poet Laureate is a person:·         who is a resident of Vermont; (Vermont being his/her primary residence)·         whose poetry manifests a high degree of excellence;·         who has produced a critically acclaimed body of work;·         who has a long association with Vermont.The poet being nominated must agree to participate from time to time in official ceremonies and readings at the Vermont State House and other locations. The poet selected shall receive an honorarium of $1000 provided by the Vermont Arts Council.Since 1964, the Vermont Arts Council has been the state’s primary provider of funding, advocacy and information for the arts in Vermont.  It strives to increase public awareness of the positive role artists and arts organizations play in communities and to increase opportunities for Vermonters to experience the arts in everyday life. The Council is the only designated State Arts Agency in the U.S. that is also an independent, not-for-profit, membership organization. For more information on the programs and services of the Vermont Arts Council, visit www.vermontartscouncil.org(link is external).last_img read more

Demichelis: We’ll fight to the end

first_img The Ivorian had injured his knee in taking a shot moments earlier and he was due to be assessed back in Manchester on Monday. City already trailed 1-0 when Toure left the action after Raheem Sterling rewarded Liverpool for a ferocious start with a sixth-minute opener. Martin Skrtel doubled the lead from a corner as City proved sluggish early on, but playmaker David Silva sparked a comeback. Silva pulled one back after 57 minutes and then forced Glen Johnson to turn into his own net. The Spaniard was then narrowly close to adding a third but Philippe Coutinho pounced on a Vincent Kompany mistake to settle the contest 12 minutes from time. There was more drama as Skrtel escaped punishment for handball in the area and Liverpool had Jordan Henderson sent off for a late challenge on Samir Nasri. City also had another good penalty appeal against Mamadou Sakho rejected earlier in the game. Demichelis, 33, said: “We finished the first half playing really well and had some chances to score. We could have scored going into half-time. “After this we needed to adjust some things. Especially we needed to find a balance between attack and defence. “When we were attacking, we knew how strong they were in counter-attacks and this is when we had a lot of problems. “Then their only clear chance came from our mistake. “I can only complain about how unlucky we were. We should have got a draw at least. “Unfortunately we couldn’t bring a more positive result to our fans, but we can still bring something positive from now until the end.” Press Association Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis has vowed to fight to the end in the Barclays Premier League title race. But with two games in hand on the sides above them, City remain firmly in the picture and the battle looks likely to remain tight over the final month of the season. Demichelis told City TV: “We will fight until the end. No-one left the stadium thinking they were champions. “Obviously we are not happy about the result but we know we have still got matches ahead. “We have seen in football that we can still win and they can make mistakes. “Hopefully we will win the rest and there will be some mistakes from Liverpool.” City, who have six games remaining, famously clawed back an eight-point deficit in their final half-dozen matches to win the title in 2012. They will resume their quest when they host bottom side Sunderland in the first of their games in hand on Wednesday. Key midfielder Yaya Toure could be a doubt for that game after limping off after just 19 minutes at Anfield. City suffered a serious setback in their bid to reclaim the crown as they were beaten 3-2 at leaders Liverpool in a pulsating clash at Anfield on Sunday. The result left City third, trailing the Reds by seven points and second-placed Chelsea by five. last_img read more

NIS announces increase in Old Age Pension

first_img…raises insurable earnings ceilingThe National Insurance Scheme (NIS) has announced an increase in old-age pension which took effect from January 1, 2020; however, it was noted that the insurable earnings ceiling has increased.NIS head office, Brickdam and Winter Place, GeorgetownThis is according to a statement that was issued by NIS declaring the increase in minimum old age and invalidity pensions, an increase in minimum survivors’ pension, an increase in the insurable earnings ceiling-monthly, and increase in the insurable earnings ceiling- weekly.The minimum rates for old age and invalidity pensions have been increased from $32,100 to $35,000 per month, while the increase for minimum rate for survivors’ pension has been increased from $16,050 to$17,500 per month.Meanwhile, the monthly insurable earnings ceiling has been increased from $256,800 to $280,000 per month and the weekly insurable earnings ceiling has been increased from $59,262 to $64,615 per weekLast year, the Finance Ministry’s Half-Year Report had stated that NIS recorded an overall deficit of $748.4 million for the year, compared to the $715.6 million it recorded in the same half-year period for 2018. Revenue collection so far for 2019 was $11.9 billion, 9.7 per cent more than the same period for 2018.“This improved position resulted from higher wage bands, on account of an increase in wages and salaries, as well as an improved collection of outstanding contributions from delinquent employers,” the report had stated.Earlier this year, chartered accountant Christopher Ram, in an interview with Guyana Times explained that many persons do not see their NIS deduction in the positive light of being a contribution to their future pension, but rather, they see it as a deduction from an already small salary.last_img read more