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Billy Collins
An interview and reading with U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Grace Cavalieri hosts this special one-hour program.

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David Kennedy
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John Kinsella
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Billy Collins

Billy Collins' eight books of poems include, most recently, Daddy's Little Boy, to be released by Harper Collins this month, Sailing Alone Around the Room (Random House, 2001), Picnic, Lightning (University of Pittsburg Press, l998), The Art of Drowning (Pitt Poetry Series, 1995), Questions about Angels (Quill, 1991), and the CD The Best Cigarette (Cielo Publishing, 1997).  His work has appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, American Scholar, Harper's, The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New Yorker. He has been featured in the Pushcart Prize anthology and The Best American Poetry (Scribner) for 1992, 1993, and 1997. He is the current U.S. Poet Laureate.

Billy Collins' first online publication appears in TCR's Issue 7

The Poet and The Poem with Grace Cavalieri


Grace talks with Billy CollinsClick here to listen to the Billy Collins interview

The first program in a six-part series features Billy Collins, newly appointed Poet Laureate of the U.S. Collins is the most popular poet in America, loved for his humor, wry wit, accessible work, and poetry that combines the comic and the profound. His conversation is as amusing and energetic as his art. Host Grace Cavalieri asks the poet to read from his collections; then they enter a discussion of writers and writing.

Billy Collins offers insights into his art and discusses his process. He talks about the new enterprise for high school students in 2002 on the Library of Congress Website. Billy Collins is the author of five books of poetry, the latest of which is Sailing Alone Around the Room (Random House, 2001). The recipient of a myriad of honors and awards, he is a Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College, City University of New York, where he has taught for the past 30 years. He is also writer-in-residence at Sarah Lawrence College. He lives in Somers, New York.

Produced by Grace Cavalieri, Forest Woods Media Productions, Inc.

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Grace Cavalieri is the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently Cuffed Frays (Argonne Hotel Press, 2001), and numerous produced plays, including Pinecrest Rest Haven (Word Works, 1998), which premiered at the Common Basis Theatre in New York, 2001. She has also written texts and lyrics for opera, stage, and film. Producer/host of public radio's "The Poet and the Poem" weekly from 1977 to 1997, presenting 2000 poets to the nation, she now produces the series annually from the Library of Congress via NPR satellite. The recipient of awards that include the PEN Fiction Award, The Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Silver Medal as well as others which honor her "significant contribution to poetry" and distinguish her as an exceptional woman, she is part of the poetry faculty at St. Mary's College of Southern Maryland and teaches workshops nationwide. She and her husband, sculptor Kenneth Flynn, live in West Virginia. They have four grown daughters.


TCR Spring 2002 Feature:
An interview and reading with Billy Collins


2002 The Cortland Review