Monday, March 10, 2014

Writers Symposium at Ovelake School features acclaimed and popular poet Billy Collins

Poet Billy Collins, former United States Poet Laureate (2001-2003), brings his perspective on writing to The Overlake School's annual Writers' Symposium on March 17. The evening program, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m., in Discovery Hall, 20301 NE 108th St., Redmond.
Collins is an American phenomenon. No poet since Robert Frost has garnered both high critical acclaim and broad popular appeal. His work has appeared in a variety of periodicals including The New Yorker, The Paris Review and The American Scholar. He is a Guggenheim fellow and a New York Public Library “Literary Lion.” His last three collections of poems have earned record sales for poetry, and his readings are often standing room only, attracting a widely diverse audience.  Read More >>

Billy Collins has published eight collections of poetry, edited two anthologies of contemporary poetry, was the guest editor of The Best American Poetry 2006 and edited “Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems about Birds,” with paintings by David Allen Sibley (November 2009).

He has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation; and numerous prizes, including the Poetry Foundation’s first Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry. Billy Collins is a Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, and a Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College.

For directions to The Overlake School, visit For more information about the Writers’ Symposium, call (425) 868-1000.

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