Former Poet Laureate Billy Collins to Read at DCA, Aug 5

Posted on 25. Jul, 2012 by in Poetry

On Sunday, August 5, at 7 pm, former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins will give a reading at the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) in Fish Creek.

Billy Collins

Billy Collins

Called “the most popular poet in America” by The New York Times, Collins is a literary phenomenon like none other, garnering a rare mixture of thunderous critical acclaim and vast popular appeal. The poignant humor of Collins’ work and delivery (which many will recognize from his frequent appearances on National Public Radio) will make his DCA premiere an event not to be missed.

Billy Collins’ poetry mixes humor with insightful observations on everyday life, and he is sometimes compared to Robert Frost, who also combined broad popular appeal with high critical acclaim. His award-winning poems – quirky and tender, funny and profound – make his readings standing-room-only events, drawing listeners of all ages and backgrounds.

The author of eight collections, including “The Trouble with Poetry” (2005), “Ballistics” (2008), and most recently “Horoscopes for the Dead” (2011), Collins has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and was the inaugural recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry. A former New York Public Library “Literary Lion,” he is a distinguished professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York.

Collins’ reading is sponsored by Wisconsin Public Radio and Write On, Door County: An Initiative to Facilitate and Promote Writing in Our Community.

Tickets for Collins’ reading range from $18-30 and special $5 tickets are available for high school and college students. Tickets may be purchased on the phone at 920.868.2728, online at, or in person at the DCA box office. The box office is located on Highway 42 in Fish Creek and is open Monday-Friday, from 12 – 5 pm.

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