Spend “An Evening with Billy Collins” At The Carpenter Center

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Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins presents a reading of his work, including poems from his newly released New York Times Best Seller, Horoscopes for the Dead, at the Carpenter Center on Saturday, May 21, 2011, followed by a book signing in the lobby.

“His voice, a Newhartish deadpan that is measured but never fussy, wrings laughs any stand-up would envy,” describes Entertainment Weekly and Collins’ writing style is hailed by The New York Times as “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.”

Billy Collins has been called “the class clown in the schoolhouse of American poetry” for his humorous, welcoming style and broad appeal. One of the country’s best selling poets, he is revered as an American phenomenon who rivals Robert Frost in popularity and critical acclaim. He was United States Poet Laureate from 2001-2003 and later served as New York State Poet Laureate. Collins has published ten collections of poetry, including Horoscopes for the Dead, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, Picnic, Lightning, Taking Off Emily Dickinson’s Clothes, Sailing Alone Around the Room: New & Selected Poems, Nine Horses, The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems, and Ballistics.

Billy Collins has the distinction of being the inaugural recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award for Humor in Poetry (2004). Collins has also been awarded the Oscar Blumenthal Prize, the Bess Hokin Prize, the Frederick Bock Prize, and the Levinson Prize—all awarded by Poetry magazine. Among the other honors he has received are fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

An Evening with Billy Collins is Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 8pm at The Carpenter Center 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach , CA 90815. Single tickets for the event are $35 and $30 for seniors. All tickets can be purchased by calling the carpenter Center Arts Ticket Office at (562) 985-7000, or by visiting www.CarpenterArts.org. This presentation is made possible in part by Season Media Partner KPCC 89.3FM.

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