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Billy Collins

Poetry: Pursuing the Love of Strangers

Billy Collins, photo by Suzannah Gilman
Billy Collins, photo by Suzannah Gilman
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workshop description

Using the indifference of the reader as a starting point, we will explore techniques that will capture and maintain the interest of this sometimes mythical creature. We will aim to write poems that do not offer the reader the opportunity to stop reading.  Easier said than done, I know—but there are ways.


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•    Admission to this workshop will be based upon an application including a writing sample of three or four poems. Those who have taken a workshop with Collins before, here or elsewhere, are not eligible to apply.

•    The cost of the workshop is $550. If you are accepted, a $100 deposit will be required to hold your place within a week of acceptance, with full payment due within 30 days.

•    Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning March 16 until the class is full.

Financial Assistance is available to those who would not otherwise be able to attend—click here for guidelines and application.

about Billy Collins

Billy Collins is a two-term United States Poet Laureate, New York State Poet, and the author of ten collections of poetry, including his latest, Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems.

Called “the most popular poet in America” by the New York Times, Collins has led an unflagging career as a poet and public figure, and has introduced countless readers around the world to new poets and poetry. With the Library of Congress, he established Poetry 180, a teaching aid for high school students founded on the belief that “high school is often the place where poetry goes to die.”

Collins has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and has won the Mark Twain Prize, the Bess Hokin Prize, the Frederick Bock Prize, the Oscar Blumenthal Prize, and the Levinson Prize—all awarded by Poetry magazine. In 1992 he was chosen by the New York Public Library to serve as a “Literary Lion.” His poems appear regularly in The Best American Poetry series, and he edited Bright Wings: An Anthology of Poems about Birds.

Collins is a Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College.