Former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins Reads His Work

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Thursday September 26, 2013

Former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins will speak about and read from his work in a special Vermont Humanities Council event at Burlington’s Ira Allen Chapel on October 2nd. The event, held jointly as a Vermont Reads and First Wednesdays program, takes place at 7 pm and is free and open to the public.

Collins is the editor of Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, a poem-a-day anthology and VHC’s 2013 Vermont Reads selection. 

Collins, whose book is inspired by his poem-a-day program with the Library of Congress, has been one of America’s great ambassadors of poetry. The New York Times has called him “the most popular poet in America,” and he is known internationally for work that is wry, generous, and accessible, and that connects with a wide variety of readers on multiple levels. He is the author of thirteen books of poetry, and has had his work published in Poetry, American Poetry Review, American Scholar, Harper’s, Paris Review, and The New Yorker. 

“This will be a memorable event, not just for lovers of poetry, but for anybody who admires an acutely observant mind at work,” said Mark Fitzsimmons, VHC’s Vermont Reads director. 

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The Vermont Humanities Council is a private nonprofit working to bring the power and the pleasure of the humanities to all Vermonters—of every background and in every community. The Council strives to make Vermont a state in which every individual reads, participates in public affairs, and continues to learn throughout life.