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:
Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University’s speaker series—Notations had to cancel the event on Tuesday, November 4 at 7:30 pm with poet L. Lamar Wilson due to an unforeseen conflict with his schedule on. This event will not be rescheduled.
There are two speakers left on the Notations series; Leland Gantt’s Rhapsody in Black on Thursday, February 19 at 7:30 pm. Gantt’s appearance is free, open to the public. The last speaker of the 2014-2015 season is US Poet Laureate Billy Collins on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:30 pm. Collins’ appearance is $10 for the general public and free to all students.
These lectures are presented in collaboration with the Ann Neitzel Endowment Fund for Poetry and Creative Writing with additional support from the Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries, Visiting Lecturers Committee and the Lehigh University Creative Writing Program. This partnership is another way that Zoellner Arts Center, with the support of its sponsors, is able to offer free educational opportunities to the community.
Last year, the Zoellner Arts Center facilitated an opportunity for students, faculty and program directors to gather for reflection and insight on the theme of “Beauty” with the Jane Comfort Dance Company. This season, Zoellner is presenting more performing arts experiences with the intention of inspiring reflection and dialog on themes that cross multiple academic disciplines. The first of these presentations is the one-man show, Mercy Killers.
Michael Milligan Residency
Wed-Friday; September 10-12, 2014
Blue collar ‘Joe’ grapples with his red state ideals when he realizes the measures he must take to care for his beloved wife. A surprisingly tender lover story, Mercy Killers is an unblinking look at health care in America.
Tickets are $10 (for public) and free to all Lehigh students, faculty and staff for both performances.
- Thursday, Sept 11that 4:30pm
- Friday, September 12that 7:30pm
The play is quite intimate, with audience seating on the stage. It is a one act; 65 minutes running time. Following each performance, a Q&A session with Lehigh faculty in other academic disciplines from the Health Medicine and Society program.
“Mercy Killers makes public the suffering that thousands of American families experience in private. I was inspired by the performance, and energized to move our state from health insurance for some to health care for all.” – John Marty, State Senator, MN
“Mercy Killers reveals the barbarity of it all through the story of Joe, a man who was ‘all about the American dream’ until the system hits, hits, and hits again. A deeply affecting love story, Mike Milligan astonishes.” – Connie Julian, Revolution Books
“Michael Milligan’s breathtaking performance of a shattered man in the throws of a healthcare nightmare, made only worse by the twists and turns of insurance companies, truly humanizes the vast inequities of America’s for-profit health insurance system. You will be talking about Mercy Killers long after the curtain draws.” – Josh Starcher, Healthcare-Now! NYC
About the playwright/Actor
Milligan has been writing and acting for the theater for almost two decades. He has appeared on Broadway in August Osage County, La Bete and Jerusalem. No stranger to the one man show, Milligan performed Will Eno’s title role of Thom Pain in the original New York run. A reading of Milligan’s verse play, Phaeton, was presented by the Harold Clurman Theater Lab featuring Mark Rylance, David Hyde Pierce and Joanna Lumley. Milligan received his training from Julliard where he won the John Houseman Prize for excellence in classical drama. He has performed Shakespearean roles around the world and is a sometime instructor of Shakespeare at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting.
We are planning an Acting/Playwriting workshop with Michael following the Thursday afternoon performance and after a dinner break. There are also open times available in his residency schedule for classroom visits on Friday morning and afternoon. If you have any interest in Mr. Mulligan meet with your class; even if outside your scheduled class meeting time, we’d be happy to arrange it. Please forward all inquiries to Silagh White by email firstname.lastname@example.org
(thoughts from the director….)
April is typically a very busy time in Lehigh’s cycle of life. Just as the sun rises each day, April is the month when students are wrapping up course requirements, presenting major capstone projects, making final edits to creative writing pieces, and marathon rehearsals for last of the season’s performances. Some students are launching Kickstarter campaigns or starting small business ventures while others try not to think about graduate school, summer internships or study abroad.
The campus is also alive with nightly award dinners. It’s a great time to bathe in the warm glow of student achievement and wonder at their potential. Collecting trophies, or certificates is a great way to bask in the glory of the moment. But there are also a slew of other ways to celebrate our students’ genius by watching them share their joy in art making; ALL of it.
In the next weeks, we have again the opportunity to watch them dance THEIR dances, play THEIR music, read THEIR words, view THEIR vision of the world and experience THEIR culture. They are sharing their vulnerability through their moment in the spotlight. The memory of what we are about to witness in the remaining days of April will dance across our minds as we watch these students walk across the commencement stage.
These students are alive with wonder and ultimate potential. To watch them shine, is to share the joy in our hearts as we encourage them to keep taking chances. We hope you can find a bit of time away from your own work routine to see the brilliance. Please consider the connection between tomorrow’s weather forecast, and the student music performances on the University Center Lawn.
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