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Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins to Present a Seminar and Reading
10/13/2003

Frostburg State University's Department of English will host former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins on Wednesday, Nov. 5. Collins will present a discussion at 4 p.m. and a reading at 7:30 p.m. in the Lane University Center’s Manicur Assembly Hall.

Hailed as an American phenomenon, Collins manages to combine high critical acclaim with broad popular appeal. With subjects ranging from shoveling snow with the Buddha to jazz and the three blind mice, his last three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry. The enthusiastic response to his readings comes from people of all backgrounds and age groups. The typical Collins poem opens on a clear and hospitable note but soon takes an unexpected turn. Collins sees his poetry as "a form of travel writing" and considers humor a "door into the serious."

Collins has published seven collections of poetry, including “Questions About Angels” “ The Art of Drowning,” “Picnic, Lightning," "Sailing Alone Around the Room: New & Selected Poems” and, most recently, “Nine Horses.” About his work, The New York Times says, "Luring his readers into the poem with humor, Mr. Collins leads them unwittingly into deeper, more serious places, a kind of journey from the familiar to quirky to unexpected territory, sometimes tender, often profound."

Collins' evening reading, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a reception and book signing. For more information about the afternoon seminar, please call the FSU Department of English, 301-687-4221. The events are sponsored by the Office of Student and Community Involvement.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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