Meet Billy Collins — National Poetry Month Featured Poet for April 12th

William “Billy” Collins served two terms as the Poet Laureate of the United States, from 2001 to 2003. 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. He was appointed Claire Berman Artist in Residence at The Roxbury Latin School, in West Roxbury, MA. He is a distinguished professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York. His books of poetry include Sailing Alone Around the Room (Random House, 2001); 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). In 2005 Collins was the first annual recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry, bestowed by the Poetry Foundation (Poetry Magazine). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in 1993, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Collins served as judge for the 2005 Brittingham Prize in Poetry.



11 animated poems read aloud by Billy Collins— This is a MUST SEE! The animated shorts that started the poetry video revolution!

Billy Collins on National Poetry Month — NPR’s Renee Montagne speaks with Billy Collins on the occasion of National Poetry Month. Collins reads two poems — one war-related, one not — and explains how poetry of any kind is useful when coping with difficult situations like the war in Iraq.

Poems On-Line:







Introduction to Poetry

Irish Poetry



Man in Space


No Time



Questions About Angels

Reading an Anthology of Chinese Poems of the Sung Dynasty, I Pause To Admire the Length and Clarity of Their Titles


Snow Day

Study in Orange and White

The Breather

The Chairs That No One Sits In

The Death of Allegory

The Parade

The Wires of the Night



Writing in the Afterlife

Fishing on the Susquehanna in July


Some Days

The First Night

The Golden Years