“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.”
— The New York Times
September 7, 2017 (Haiku, HI) – On Friday, December 8th, The Merwin Conservancy presents an evening with former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, whose critical acclaim and widespread popular appeal has earned him the title of “the most popular poet in America” (The New York Times). Collins will be the guest of honor at the next installment of The Green Room, an environmental and literary salon series on Maui that is hosted by the Conservancy and fosters a reverence for language, nature, and imagination. The event begins at 7:00pm in the McCoy Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, with doors opening at 6:30pm. Tickets are $25 per person, with a $10 student rate available with valid student I.D.
Billy Collins has published ten collections of poetry, including Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, Sailing Alone Around the Room: New & Selected Poems, Nine Horses, The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems, Ballistics, Horoscopes for the Dead and Picnic, Lightning. A collection of his haiku, She Was Just Seventeen, was published by Modern Haiku Press in fall 2006. He has also published two chapbooks, Video Poems and Pokerface. In addition, he has edited two anthologies of contemporary poetry: Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry and 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, was the guest editor of The Best American Poetry 2006, and edited Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems about Birds, illustrated by David Allen Sibley. His book, Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems 2003 – 2013, was a New York Times best- seller. His most recent book of poetry is titled The Rain in Portugal, (October 2016) and is a New York Times bestseller.
Included among the honors Billy Collins has received are fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In June 2001, Billy Collins was appointed United States Poet Laureate 2001-2003. In January 2004, he was named New York State Poet Laureate 2004-06. He is a former Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York. He also helped launch “Poetry in Motion”, a Metropolitan Transit Authority program that places poems in advertising space on New York City buses and subways. In 2016 he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters.
Collins will make a rare December 8th appearance in The Green Room with a reading of his poetry, followed by an intimate Q&A with the audience, and book signing at a courtyard reception with refreshments, book fair, and live musical entertainment.
This evening is generously presented by FIM Group. All ticket sales benefit the non-profit Merwin Conservancy