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February 17, 2003 - Long known as a master narrative poet, Sydney Lea will be the speaker for the Aquinas College Contemporary Writers Series on Tuesday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Aquinas College Wege Student Center Ballroom. The event is free and the public is welcome.

Founder and for 13 years editor of New England Review, Lea is the author of six collections of poetry. His latest work, To The Bone: New and Selected Poems, won the 1997-98 Poets' Prize. Lea's other collections include Searching the Drowned Man, The Floating Candles, No Sign, Prayer for the Little City, and The Blainville Testament. The recently published, Pursuit of a Wound, is his seventh collection of verses. The Georgia Review, The Partisan Review and The New Yorker are only a few of the journals that have published his poetry. He also wrote the novel, A Place in Mind, in 1989.

Lea is a past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for poetry and Rockefeller and Fulbright Foundation Fellowships and is a member of the graduate faculty at Vermont College.

Consistently ranked one of the top liberal arts colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report, Aquinas College offers an approach to learning and living that teaches students unlamented ways of seeing the world. Founded in 1886 by the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, the College's Dominican tradition of working, service and lifelong learning remains alive today in a diverse student body. Students from more than 22 states and 15 foreign countries are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. Within six months of graduation, nearly all graduates are in full-time jobs, enrolled in professional schools of law, medicine, or dentistry, or in a master or doctoral program.