This advanced poetry workshop will promote the writing of poems that feature imaginative travel, that is, poems that can transport the reader from one place to another. We will examine and practice a variety of maneuvers that may be useful in advancing poems from simple beginnings to unexpected endings.
Exercises and model poems will be provided, but our focus will remain on the creative output of the participants. Did I mention that this will be pleasurable and even fun? It will.
Admission to this workshop will be based on a writing sample: three poems. Submissions should be a single file in .doc format with the title “CollinsSub_YourName.doc”
About Billy Collins
Billy Collins is the author of ten books of poetry including Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems (Random House, 2013), Horoscopes for the Dead (Random House, 2011), Ballistics (Random House, 2008), The Trouble with Poetry and Other Poems (Random House, 2005) Nine Horses, (Random House, 2002), Sailing Alone Around the Room (Random House, 2001), Picnic, Lightning (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997), The Art of Drowning (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1995), The Apple That Astonished Paris (University of Arkansas Press, 1988), Questions About Angels (William Morrow & Co., 1991), which was selected by Edward Hirsch for the National Poetry Series, and She Was Just Seventeen, a collection of haiku. He has compiled three anthologies: Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, and Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems about Birds (Columbia University Press, 2010). Collins’ poetry has appeared in anthologies, textbooks, and a variety of periodicals kincluding Poetry, The American Scholar, Harper’s, Raritan, The Paris Review, TLS, Raritan, The London Review of Books, and The New Yorker. His work appears regularly in The Best American Poetry. He has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has also won the Bess Hokin Prize, the Frederick Bock Prize, the Oscar Blumenthal Prize, and the Levinson Prize–all awarded by Poetry magazine. He received the Aiken/Taylor award for poetry from the University of the South, the Hall/Kenyon prize, and the first Mark Twain Prize from the Poetry Foundation for humor in poetry. In 1992 he was chosen by the New York Public Library to serve as a “Literary Lion.” He graduated from Holy Cross College and received his doctorate from the University of California at Riverside. He is currently a Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College (CUNY) and a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Winter Park Institute of Rollins College. He served two terms as United States Poet Laureate (2001-2003) and as New York State Poet (2004-2006).