MANCHESTER - Meet Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea at the Mark Skinner Library on Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. Lea will discuss what poetry can, in his opinion, accomplish that other modes can't, along with musings on how he came to the art. The celebrated poet will conclude with a reading.

Lea's most recent collection of poems is "Six Sundays toward a Seventh: Selected Spiritual Poems," from publishers Wipf and Stock.

His 2011 collection is "Young of the Year" (Four Way Books). In mid-2013, Autumn House Press will present an e-book version of "Growing Old in Poetry: Two Poets, Two Lives," a collaboration between Lea and former Delaware Poet Laureate Fleda Brown, in which these two contemporaries and close friends take turns reflecting on the passions, distastes, affections and obsessions that led them to the art of poetry.

Of Lea's previous poetry collections, "Pursuit of a Wound" (University of Illinois Press, 2000) was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for poetry and "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, as well as at Franklin College in Switzerland and the National Hungarian University in Budapest. 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.

The event is free and open to the public and is co-hosted by the Mark Skinner Library and the Northshire Bookstore. A suggested donation of $5 will be gratefully accepted on behalf of the Manchester Elementary and Middle School Arts Enrichment Program.

Mark Skinner Library is located at 48 West Road in Manchester. For more information, contact the library at 802-362-2607.