2010-2011 Writers at Rutgers Reading Series

 

Billy Collins

When:  Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 08:00pm

Where:  Rutgers Student Center, Multipurpose Room - 126 College Ave, New Brunswick NJ, US, 08901

Category:  2010-2011 Writers at Rutgers Reading Series


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Admission: Free and open to the Rutgers community and the general public
The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing


Publications
troublewithpoetry_2005 seventeen_2007
ballistics_2008
bright_wings_2009
Biography

Billy Collins is an American phenomenon. No poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal. His work has appearedin a variety of periodicals including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The American Scholar, he is a Guggenheim fellow and a New York Public Library "Literary Lion." His last three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry. His readings are usually standing room only, and his audience – enhanced tremendously by his appearances on National Public Radio – includes people of all backgrounds and age groups. The poems themselves best explain this phenomenon. The typical Collins poem opens on a clear and hospitable note but soon takes an unexpected turn; poems that begin in irony may end in a moment of lyric surprise. No wonder Collins sees his poetry as "a form of travel writing" and considers humor "a door into the serious." It is a door that many thousands of readers have opened with amazement and delight.

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