Celebration of the Arts: Billy Collins
Thursday, April 12
6:00 - 8:30 pm
, Washtenaw Community College, Towsley Auditorium
“Billy Collins is the class clown in the schoolhouse of American poetry” (Poetry.org).
YDL is pleased to host a visit with former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins in celebration of National Library Week and National Poetry Month. An American phenomenon, Collins’ poetry is noted for its humor AND accessibility. No poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal.
Collins’ work has appeared in a variety of periodicals including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The American Scholar. 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.
Join us in welcoming Billy Collins to Ypsilanti! Enjoy an array of poetry-themed activities: From 6-7 pm, there will be special poetry activities. Community Records L3C will be on hand to lead kids of all ages in expressions of creativity; local poets will recite their works. Marvin Brandwin, Professor Emeritus at University of Michigan's Department of Psychiatry and author of two food-related poetry books, will be a featured local poet.The evening will culminate in a 7pm reading by Collins followed by a Q&A session and a book signing. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ypsilanti District Library and the Bank of Ann Arbor, this event is free and open to the public, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.