Zoellner Arts Center’s Notations Series Features
US Poet Laureate
TUESDAY, APRIL 14 at 7:30 PM in Baker Hall
“Billy Collins writes 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.” — John Updike
Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University continues its fifth year of the innovative series–Notations: Lectures and Other Presentations–with highly-respected representatives from a variety of literary genres. Former (2001-2003) U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will give a presentation on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:30 pm. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review and The American Scholar. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, a New York Public Library “Literary Lion” and a former US Poet Laureate. His last three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry. Tickets are $10 for the public; Free with Lehigh University ID; Tickets required for all; Visit http://www.zoellnerartscenter.org.
Collins has published ten collections of poetry, including Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, Picnic, Lightning, Sailing Alone Around the Room: New & Selected Poems, Nine Horses, The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the Dead. A collection of his haiku, titled She Was Just Seventeen, was published by Modern Haiku Press in fall 2006. He has also published two chapbooks, Video Poems and Pokerface. In addition, he has edited two anthologies of contemporary poetry: Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry and 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, was the guest editor of The Best American Poetry 2006, and edited Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems about Birds, with paintings by David Allen Sibley (November 2009). His most recent book is Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems 2003 – 2013.
Here is a video illustration of his poem, “The Art of Drowning,” directed by Diego Maclean.
Included among the honors Collins has received are fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has also been awarded the Oscar Blumenthal Prize, the Bess Hokin Prize, the Frederick Bock Prize, and the Levinson Prize — all awarded by Poetry magazine. In October 2004, Collins was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry. In April 2013, Collins was selected as the fourth winner of the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry.
In June 2001, Collins was appointed United States Poet Laureate 2001-2003. In January 2004, he was named New York State Poet Laureate 2004-06. Collins is a Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, as well as a Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College.
All lectures are presented in collaboration with the Visiting Lecturers Committee and the Lehigh University Creative Writing Program. Billy Collins is supported by the Ann Neitzel Endowment Fund for Poetry and Creative Writing with additional support from the Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries.
For more information, call 610-758-2787, ext. 0 or visit Zoellner Ticket Services, Tuesday 12-6 pm, or online at www.zoellnerartscenter.org.
For readers interested in getting to the bottom of this page, here is Billy Collins’ TED talk: