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November 28, 2001

Poet Laureate Billy Collins Will Read at the Library of Congress on December 6

Billy Collins, the Library's Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2001- 2002,will read from his work on Thursday, December 6. His reading, originally scheduled for October 25, was postponed due to the closing of the Library buildings that week.

Mr. Collins's December 6 reading will be at 6:45 p.m. in the Montpelier Room, 6th floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Avenue, SE; tickets are not required.

Billy Collins's books of poetry include a volume of new and selected poems, Sailing Alone Around the Room, which was published by Random House in September; Picnic, Lightning (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1998); The Art of Drowning (1995), which was a Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize finalist; Questions About Angels (1991), a National Poetry Series selection by Edward Hirsch; The Apple That Astonished Paris (1988); Video Poems (1980); and Pokerface (1977).

His honors include 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. He is Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College, City University of New York, where he has taught for the past 30 years. He is also a writer-in-residence at Sarah Lawrence College, and he has served as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library. He lives in Somers, New York.

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PR 01-176
11/28/01
ISSN 0731-3527

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