One of the most popular living poets in the United States is coming to Boca Grande for a Johann Fust Community Library benefit.
Billy Collins, born in New York in 1941, will appear frmo 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium
He is the author of nine books of poetry, including "She Was Just Seventeen" (2006), "The Trouble with Poetry and Other Poems (2005)," "Nine Horses (2002)," and "Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems (2001)."
His work appears regularly in Poetry, The New Yorker, The Paris Review and Harper's Magazine, and has been featured in textbooks and anthologies, including those for the Pushcart Prize and the annual Best American Poetry series.
Between 2001 and 2004, Collins served two terms at the 11th poet laureate of the United States. In his home state, Collins has been recognized as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library (1992) and selected as the New York State Poet for 2004. Other honors include fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and the first annual Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry. He is a distinguished professor of English at Lehman College in the Bronx, where has taught for more than years.
Call 964-0827 for tickets.