"Growing Old in Poetry: Two Poets, Two Lives" by Sydney Lea and Fleda Brown
Friday, April 12, 2013 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

The Traverse Area District Library is excited to host a special, first of its kind, e-book launch party for local author, Fleda Brown and her newly released e-book of poetry, "Growing Old in Poetry: Two Poets, Two Lives" by Fleda Brown and Sydney Lea. 

Kick off your weekend and celebrate National Poetry Month by attending this late afternoon launch party featuring a live reading from "Growing Old in Poetry," an unusual book of essays on a wide variety of topics. Covering a lot of territory, both artistic and memoiristic, some of the pieces, like “Wild Animals,” are downright silly; some, like “Sex, “Music,” and “Food,” are provocative; some, like “Clothes,” “Sports,” and “Houses,” appear ordinary but are ultimately revealing.  

Library staff will be on hand to help you download to your laptop, Kindle, Ipad or other devices. The book will soon be available for e-book loan through TADL. 

Fleda Brown and Sydney Lea, both poets laureate of their states and both nationally recognized writers who’ve given their lives to their art, have conspired to write "Growing Old in Poetry." The whole collection is about Syd and Fleda as people-poets. Poet-people. Poetry never completely goes off-stage in this wide-ranging and exciting conversation between the two. 

Lea will be available on YouTube, Michael Simms, the editor of Autumn House Press, will be available via Skype, and Brown will be available as representative of the material world. Guests will enjoy the musical stylings of acoustic guitarists, John Mauk and Jim Crockett as well as hearty refreshments.

Brown’s six collections of poems have won a Pushcart Prize, the Felix Pollak Prize, the Philip Levine Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges New Writer’s Award, and have twice been a finalist for the National Poetry Series. A new collection of poems, No Need of Sympathy, will be out from BOA Editions, Ltd, in October 2013. She is professor emerita at the University of Delaware, and past poet laureate of Delaware. She now lives in Traverse City, Michigan, and is on the faculty of the Rainier Writing Workshop, a low-residency MFA program in Tacoma, Washington.
Lea is Poet Laureate of Vermont. His eleventh collection of poems, I Was Thinking of Beauty, is available from Four Way Books. His third collection of personal essays, A North Country Life: Tales of Woodsmen, Waters, and Wildlife, appeared from Skyhorse Publishing earlier this year. Founder and for thirteen years editor of New England Review, he lives in northern Vermont