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Former U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins to visit Kent State University

Posted Mar. 28, 2013

By Shannen Laur
Former U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, will visit Kent State on April 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the University Ballroom as part of the Wick Poetry Center’s annual U.S. Poet Laureate Reading in celebration of National Poetry Month.
“Billy Collins is probably the most popular contemporary poet in the United States, and we are delighted that he has agreed to be the featured reader for the 2nd Annual U.S. Poet Laureate Reading,” says Jessica Jewell, program coordinator of the Wick Poetry Center. “Not only is he an accomplished poet, he is also a dedicated educator who has spent a large part of his career trying to demystify poetry and make it accessible to a larger audience.”
Collins is the author of several books of poetry, including “Ballistics,” “Nine Horses,” “Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems” and “Questions About Angels,” which was selected for the National Poetry Series.
Collins’ works have appeared in textbooks, anthologies and periodicals like “Poetry,” “American Poetry Review” and “The New Yorker.” He has edited “Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry,” an anthology of modern poetry used in schools. Collins has received awards and recognition from the New York Foundation of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.
“Collins is known as being a wonderful and engaging reader and speaker, and we are anticipating an audience that may top 800,” says Jewell. “I can't think of a better evening of poetry to celebrate National Poetry Month.”
The U.S. Poet Laureate Series is a collaboration between the Wick Poetry Center and the Kent State University Library with sponsorship from the Honors College, Department of History, and Department of English. A U.S. Poet Laureate exhibit will be on display in the library throughout the month of April.
The reading is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit