A Celebration of Poetry

April is Poetry Month

Billy Collins To Visit Hopkins

Hopkins will kick off Poetry Month with a visit from former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins on Thursday, April 10th. Mr. Collins will be reading some of his poetry at an all-school assembly followed by time for questions from students. He'll also be available for Q&A and book signing in Calarco Library for the first two periods following assembly.

Aimless Love and Other Titles

You'll find many of Mr. Collins' books in Calarco Library, including Aimless Love.

To order your own copy, complete the form at the bottom of this flyer.

Billy Collins reads Litany

Billy Collins - Litany

About Billy Collins

Billy Collins is an American phenomenon. No poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal. His work has appeared in a variety of periodicals including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The American Scholar. He is a Guggenheim fellow and a New York Public Library “Literary Lion.”

His last three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry. His readings are usually standing room only, and his audience – enhanced tremendously by his appearances on National Public Radio – includes people of all backgrounds

and age groups. The poems themselves best explain this phenomenon. The typical Collins poem opens on a clear and hospitable note but soon takes an unexpected turn; poems that begin in irony may end in a moment of lyric surprise. No wonder Collins sees his poetry as “a form of travel writing” and considers humor “a door into the serious.” It is a door that many thousands of readers have opened with amazement and delight.

Included among the honors Billy Collins has received are 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. In October 2004, Collins was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry. In April 2013, Collins was selected as the fourth winner of the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American


In June 2001, Billy Collins was appointed United States Poet Laureate 2001-2003. In January 2004, he was named New York State Poet Laureate 2004-06. Billy Collins is a Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, as well as a Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College.

Billy Collins has published ten collections of poetry, including his most recent book, Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems 2003 – 2013.

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