Whittier College
Office of Public Relations
13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA  90608-0634
Contact: Caye Brundage Riley at (562) 907-4974 

Aug. 25, 2003  
Reference: 2003-04: 5                                                

Poet Laureate to Read from his Work at Whittier College 

Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States from September of 2001 through August of this year, will read from his works beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College.  Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students with ID. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Shannon Center Box Office at (562) 907-4203.

Collins has written six books of poetry, including Picnic, Lightning, The Art of Drowning, The Apple that Astonished Paris, and Questions About Angels.  He has also recorded the spoken-word CD The Best Cigarette.

His work has been published in anthologies, textbooks and a number of periodicals, including Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The Paris Review and The New Yorker.  Two of his poems were selected for inclusion in The Best American Poetry 1992 and 1993.

Collins is poet-in-residence at Burren College of Art in Ireland and a professor of English at Lehman College of the City College of New York.  He has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and he won the Bess Hokin Prize, the Frederick Bock Prize, the Oscar Blumenthal Prize and the Levinson Prize from Poetry Magazine.

Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts.  Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

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