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Billy Collins



Billy Collins, PhD, is an American poet and teacher, appointed as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. Collins was recognized as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library in 1992 and selected as the New York State Poet for 2004 through 2006. In 2016, Collins was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Collins is known for celebrating the nuances and possibilities of life with his graceful blend of playfulness, wit, and wisdom.

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Billy Collins on How to Write Poetry

If you aren't a poet but want to get started, how would you do that?

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The Dead—Billy Collins Animated Poetry

Combining dry wit with artistic depth, Billy Collins shares a project in which several of his poems were turned into delightful animated films in a collaboration with Sundance Channel. Five of them are included in this wonderfully entertaining and moving talk

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180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day

Inspired by Billy Collins’s poem-a-day program for American high schools that he began through the Library of Congress, the original Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry was a gathering of clear, contemporary poems aimed at a wide audience.

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Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds

In this beautiful collection of poems and paintings, Billy Collins, former U.S. poet laureate, joins with David Allen Sibley, America’s foremost bird illustrator, to celebrate the winged creatures that have inspired so many poets to sing for centuries.

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Billy Collins Teaches Reading and Writing Poetry | Official Trailer | Masterclass

In his MasterClass on Reading and Writing Poetry, Billy teaches you the building blocks of poems and their unique power to connect reader and writer. From subject and form to rhyme and meter, learn to appreciate the pleasures of a well-turned poem.

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The Art of Drowning

This collection of poems has a subject matter ranging from the gustatory pleasures of osso buco to an analysis of the handwriting of Keats; from the art form of the calendar pinup to blues music.

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'There's a Quiet All Over the World'

Billy (Collins) and Cheryl (Strayed) reflect on the quietness — and slowness — that has befallen the world, and they discuss the unexpected comfort in memorizing poetry

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"To My Favourite 17 Year Old High-School Girl" - Billy Collins

An excerpt from Billy Collins presentation on Ted: "Everyday moments, caught in time".

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The Apple that Astonished Paris: Poems

In 1988 the University of Arkansas Press published Billy Collins’s The Apple that Astonished Paris, his “first real book of poems,” as he describes it in a new, delightful preface written expressly for this new printing to help celebrate both the Press’s twenty-fifth anniversary and this...

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Four Poems from Billy Collins - 2/7/2015

Billy Collins reads his poems "The Lucky Cat," "1960," "The Suggestion Box," and "To My Favorite 17-Year-Old High School Girl".

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