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Fall Festival of Authors: Billy Collins

BA Auditorium
Oct 15, 2009
Award winning poet and former Poet Laureate of the United States, Billy Collins has published several collections of poetry, including Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, Picnic, Lightning, Taking Off Emily Dickinson’s Clothes, Sailing Alone Around the Room: New & Selected Poems, Nine Horses, The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems, a collection of haiku, She Was Just Seventeen, and most recently, Ballistics. His honors include fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation, in addition to being awarded the following prizes: the Oscar Blumenthal Prize, the Bess Hokin Prize, the Frederick Bock Prize, and the Levinson Prize — all awarded by Poetry magazine. In October 2004, Collins was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award for humorous poetry. Billy Collins served as the United States Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003 and as New York State Poet Laureate from 2004 to 2006. He is currently a Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York.