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Billy Collins

American poet

1941   -  

country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: English
educated at: University of California, Riverside, College of the Holy Cross
occupation: poet, writer, university teacher
award received: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Helmerich Award

William James Collins (born March 22, 1941) is an American poet, appointed as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. He is a Distinguished Professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York (retired, 2016). Collins was recognized as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library (1992) and selected as the New York State Poet for 2004 through 2006. In 2016, Collins was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. As of 2020, he is a teacher in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.
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