Poetry in Conversation: An Evening with Billy Collins

Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative is featuring a reading from Billy Collins, former US Poet Laureate from 2001-2003, followed by a discussion of the art, craft and foibles of writing poetry.

When: Monday, February 28, 2011: 7:00pm

Where: University Park Campus, Bovard Auditorium 

Admission is free.

*Photo of Billy Collins: Pete Wright

One of America’s bestselling poets, Billy Collins is known – and sometimes criticized – for his extremely accessible work. Collins has written and edited 11 popular poetry books, including Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, Picnic, Lightning, Taking Off Emily Dickinson’s Clothes, Sailing Alone Around the Room, Nine Horses, The Trouble with Poetry and Ballistics, and has seemingly won every imaginable literary award, despite his many critics.

Last year the LA Books Examiner featured two poems by Billy Collins in a special edition of the Pause for Poetry video series in which Collins’ work was accompanied by some innovative animation created by Julian Grey of Headgear Animation and Brady Baltezor of Radium Animation, respectively.   

For more information visit USC’s Arts and Events Calendar 

Watch more Action Poetry videos with Billy Collins at http://www.bcactionpoet.org/

For more Pause For Poetry readings, check out:

Mat Lloyd “The Skateboard Poet” reads “This Town.”
Joy Harjo reads “I Give You Back: A Poem to Get Rid of Fear.”
Wanda Coleman reads excerpts from Ostinato Vamps and Bathwater Music.
Martin Espada reads “Alabanza: In Praise of Local 100.”
Standout Poets from the San Pedro River Review.

For the latest updates to Frank Mundo, LA Books Examiner, be sure to subscribe and follow me on Twitter @LABooksExaminer.

Frank Mundo is the author of The Brubury Tales (foreword by Carolyn See), which is available on Amazon.com in paperback and in eBook. The Brubury Tales is a finalist for Reader View’s 2011 Reviewer’s Choice Award for poetry. Watch Frank Mundo reading from this book.

LA Books Examiner’s Author Interview Series

LA Books Examiner’s Five Favorite Books Feature

LA Books Examiner’s Pause for Poetry Profiles


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