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Billy Collins United States Poet Laureate

Biography

Billy Collins is on the faculty of the MFA in Creative Writing & Literature program at Stony Brook Southampton. He is the author of eleven collections of poetry, including the recent Aimless Love. Others include  Horoscopes for the Dead, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, Sailing Alone Around the Room, Nine Horses, Ballistics  and  Picnic, Lightning. He is also the editor of three anthologies:  Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Everyday, and  Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Bird Poems. His poems have been published in a variety of periodicals including  The New Yorker, Harper's, The Atlantic, and  The American Scholar, and he appears regularly in  The Best American Poetry. A Guggenheim Fellow and a New York Public Library Literary Lion, he is a Distinguished Professor at Lehman College, City University of New York, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College. He served as New York State Poet (2004-5) and United States Poet Laureate (2001-2003). He was recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 

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