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Billy Collins has published six collections of poetry, including Questions About Angels and The Art of Drowning, Picnic, Lightning, his latest, sold more than 25,000 copies in its first year. He teaches at Lehman College of the City University of New York and at Sarah Lawrence College. He was named U.S. Poet Laureate in June 2000. (Bowker Author Biography) Billy Collins was born in New York City in 1941. He earned a BA from the College of the Holy Cross, and both an MA and PhD from the University of California-Riverside. Collins conducted summer poetry workshops at University College Galway and is the Poet in Residence at Burren College of Art in Ireland. He is also a professor of English at Lehman College (CUNY). In 1992, Collins was chosen to be the Literary Lion of the New York Public Library. He was named U.S. Poet Laureate in 2001 and held the title until 2003. Collins then served as Poet Laureate for the State of New York from 2004 until 2006. His poetry has appeared in anthologies, textbooks and periodicals including Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The American scholar, Harper's, The Paris Review and The New Yorker. He is the author of six books of poetry including "The Art of Drowning." His poems have also been selected to appear in The Best American Poetry of 1992, 1993 and 1997. His works have won various awards including the Bess Hokin Prize, the Frederick Bock Prize, the Oscar Blumenthal Prize and the Levinson Prize, all awarded by Poetry. He has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. His collection of poems entitled Aimless Love made numerous best-seller lists in 2013. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Nine Horses: Poems 1,046 copies, 13 reviews
Picnic, Lightning 771 copies, 11 reviews
Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (Editor) 688 copies, 9 reviews
Questions about Angels: Poems 559 copies, 3 reviews
The Art of Drowning 555 copies, 6 reviews
Ballistics: Poems 521 copies, 12 reviews
Horoscopes for the Dead: Poems 385 copies, 12 reviews
The Rain in Portugal: Poems 236 copies, 8 reviews
The Best American Poetry 2006 (Editor) 189 copies, 5 reviews
Trout Fishing in America (Introduction, some editions) 1,635 copies, 33 reviews
The Future Dictionary of America (Contributor) 613 copies, 3 reviews
Poetry Speaks to Children, Read & Hear [book & CD] (Guest, some editions) 516 copies, 15 reviews
Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame (Contributor) 281 copies, 4 reviews
The Best American Poetry 2001 (Contributor) 210 copies
The Best American Poetry 1999 (Contributor) 209 copies
The Best American Poetry 2000 (Contributor) 201 copies
The Best American Poetry 2004 (Contributor) 197 copies
The Art of Losing (Contributor) 167 copies, 20 reviews
The Best American Poetry 1997 (Contributor) 161 copies
The Best American Poetry 2003 (Contributor) 160 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 1998 (Contributor) 156 copies
The Best American Poetry 2007 (Contributor) 154 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 2009 (Contributor) 127 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 1993 (Contributor) 125 copies
The Best American Poetry 2010 (Contributor) 110 copies, 3 reviews
Emergency Kit (Contributor, some editions) 100 copies, 1 review
The Poets Laureate Anthology (Introduction) 97 copies, 2 reviews
The Best American Poetry 2017 (Contributor) 82 copies, 1 review
The Spoken Word Revolution Redux (Contributor) 79 copies, 2 reviews
The Golden Age: Poems of the Spanish Renaissance (Introduction, some editions) 77 copies
The Best American Poetry 2011 (Contributor) 75 copies, 4 reviews
The Best American Poetry 2012 (Contributor) 73 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 2013 (Contributor) 72 copies, 2 reviews
Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (Introduction) 68 copies, 5 reviews
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (Contributor) 57 copies, 1 review
The Best Spiritual Writing 2011 (Introduction) 36 copies
Birds in the Hand: Fiction and Poetry about Birds (Contributor) 30 copies, 1 review
The Best Spiritual Writing 2012 (Contributor) 26 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 2021 (Contributor) 21 copies
Nausea 9, Fall 1975 (Contributor) 1 copy
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