Billy Collins

Former U.S. Poet Laureate and American phenomenon.

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November 8, 2017
7.30 p.m.
Beyond the Birdbath: Poems from Several Time Zones

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With his popular collection of poetry readings, Collins amazes and delights his audience.

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Current as of July 27, 2017

Billy Collins is an American phenomenon. No poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal. His work has appeared in a variety of periodicals including The New YorkerThe Paris Review, and The American Scholar. He is a Guggenheim fellow and a New York Public Library Literary Lion.

His last three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry. His readings are usually standing room only, and his audience - enhanced tremendously by his appearances on National Public Radio - includes people of all backgrounds and age groups. The poems themselves best explain this phenomenon. The typical Collins poem opens on a clear and hospitable note but soon takes an unexpected turn; poems that begin in irony may end in a moment of lyric surprise. No wonder Collins sees his poetry as "a form of travel writing" and considers humor "a door into the serious." It is a door that many thousands of readers have opened with amazement and delight.

Collins was appointed United States Poet Laureate 2001-2003. He served as New York State Poet Laureate 2004-06. He is Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College, and a former Distinguished Professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York. He was recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Winter Park, FL 32789