2012: Billy Collins (Poet)

Poet Laureate Billy Collins

Billy Collins, who served two terms as Poet Laureate of the United States, is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry. His many prizes and accolades include Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation; the Poet of the Year Award from Poetry Magazine, the Mark Twain Award for Humor in Poetry, and the “Literary Lion” Award from the New York Public Library.

A Distinguished Professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York, and the Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute, Florida, Collins also served as the New York State Poet from 2004-2006. He has been called “the most popular poet in America” in The New York Times, and his similarly popular poetry anthologies have served to broaden the audience for poetry in the United States.

His latest collection of poems is Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems 2003-2013.

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