Thursday, December 6, 2012

An Introduction to The Author

Dubbed as "The most popular poet in America" by The New York Times, Billy Collins has an intimate and accessible style.  Born in New York City in 1941, Collins grew up in a family that taught him to love literature.  He graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Ph D. in English.  He founded the Mid-Atlantic Review in 1975 with Michael Shannon. Collins poetry was recognized by the National Poetry Society in 1990. His poetry can be described as humorous, quirky, tender and profound.  John Updike praised Collins, saying "Lovely poems...Limpid, gently and consistently startling, more serious than they seem, they describe all the worlds that are and were and some others besides."  Collins has taught at Lehman College in the Bronx for over thirty years.  

A List Of All Of Billy Collins Poems
A More Detailed Biography
An Interview With Billy Collins
A Timeline of Major Events in Billy Collins career
Billy Collins Public Facebook
An Online Discussion about Billy Collins

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