Billy Collins, former U. S. Poet Laureate, will discuss his work, the nature of poetry, the task of writing, and read from his collections at Princeton Theological Seminary on Wednesday evening, November 2 at 7:00 pm.
Lauded as “America’s favorite poet” by The Wall Street Journal, Collins is known for his warm, straightforward, witty yet poignant insights. His poems describe the tiniest details of life, little moments most miss entirely, until they read a Collins poem and recognize them with an “aha.” Said J. J. Abrams of The New York Times Book Review, “[Collins] is able, with precious few words, to make me cry. Or laugh out loud. He is a remarkable artist. To have such power in such an abbreviated form is deeply inspiring.”
The “rock star” of poetry, Collins is the author of twelve collections including the recently released The Rain in Portugal described as “by turns entertaining, engaging, and enlightening.” Other collections, all of which feature the “plain speech” that makes his poetry so accessible and beloved by a wide audience, include Aimless Love, Horoscopes for the Dead, Ballistics, The Trouble with Poetry, Nine Horses, Sailing Alone Around the Room, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning. He is also the editor of Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, and Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds.
Collins’ work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Atlantic and The American Scholar. He is a Guggenheim fellow and a New York Library “Literary Lion.” He can be heard reciting and discussing his poetry in a wide variety of videos and TED talks on You Tube.
Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to hear Billy Collins in person, the artist who says his poems “begin in Kansas and end in Oz.”
This event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Iain R. Torrance Atrium in the Princeton Theological Seminary Library.