Former U. S. Poet Laureate visits Florida Southern College
LAKELAND, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2007) – Billy Collins, United States Poet Laureate 2001-2003, will hold a public reading of his poetry in the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel on the Florida Southern College campus on Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. A book signing will follow. The event is free of charge and will have open seating.
Billy Collins has published nine collections of poetry and has edited two anthologies of contemporary poetry. His work breaks sales records for poetry, and he has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The American Scholar. His popularity among people of all ages and backgrounds – his public readings are usually standing-room only – has been enhanced by his frequent appearances on National Public Radio. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and a New York Public Library “Literary Lion,” and he has won a number of other prizes and fellowships.
In addition to being named U. S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins was appointed New York State Poet Laureate 2004-2006. He is professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York.
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