Billy Collins to give free poetry reading - tickets "sold out"!

Published 01-04-2012

Billy Collins. Photo by Steven Kovich

Ticket information: 
UPDATE Jan. 6: No tickets are left for the Billy Collins reading. We are thrilled with the response and apologize to those who were unable to obtain tickets.
Schwartz Center box office: or 404-727-5050 beginning Jan. 4

Sun., Jan. 29 at 4 pm/Glenn Memorial: Former U. S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will give a free reading at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at Glenn Memorial Auditorium on the Emory University campus.

Collins’ poetry mixes humor with insightful observations into everyday life, and he is sometimes compared to Robert Frost, who combined broad popular appeal and high critical acclaim. He’s often referred to as “the most popular poet in America,” and is expected to draw a capacity crowd to Glenn.

“His poems sometimes explore difficult themes through thoughtful humor,” says Kevin Young, curator of literary collections and the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL). “His poems have an incisive, powerful, and even troubling humor that also can be tender and wondrous. They convey a kind of wonder—and we should embrace that wherever we can find it.”

Although admission is free, tickets are required (limit two per person) and may be obtained through the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts box office at 404-727-5050 or beginning Jan. 4.

UPDATE Jan. 6: No tickets are left for the Billy Collins reading. We are thrilled with the response and apologize to those who were unable to obtain tickets.

A limited number of tickets also are available at four local independent bookstores: A Cappella BooksCharis Books & MoreEagle Eye Book Shop and Little Shop of Stories. Limit two tickets per person.

The author of eight collections, including “The Trouble with Poetry” (2005), “Ballistics” (2008), and most recently “Horoscopes for the Dead” (2011), Collins has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation and was the inaugural recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry. A former New York Public Library “Literary Lion,” he is a distinguished professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York.

His best-selling works include “Picnic, Lightning” (1998), “Questions about Angels” (1991), and “The Art of Drowning” (1995). His work has been chosen several times for the annual “Best American Poetry” series, and he is well known as a regular guest on National Public Radio programs.

Books and a limited-edition broadside will be available for sale at the reading and signing afterward. The reading is part of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library Reading Series, which has brought such acclaimed poets as Mary Oliver, Robert Pinsky, Elizabeth Alexander, Rita Dove, Sonia Sanchez and Lucille Clifton to Emory to read for the community.

The reading is sponsored by the Hightower Family Fund, MARBL, the Decatur Book Festival, and the Creative Writing Program at Emory.

Glenn Memorial Auditorium is located at 1652 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta, 30307. Parking is available in the Fishburne and the new Oxford Road decks.

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