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Save the Date: US Poet Laureate Billy Collins in Reston Sept. 28

by Karen Goff — July 21, 2016 at 2:45 pm 6 Comments

Billy Collins/The Poetry FoundationFormer United States Poet Laureate (2001-03) Billy Collins will be making an appearance in Reston in September as part of George Mason University’s Fall for the Book event and Reston Community Center’s Professional Touring Artist Series.

Collins will be at RCC’s CenterStage on Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Aug. 1  ($15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston).

Collins has been dubbed the most-popular poet in America by The New York Times.

“Billy Collins is famous for conversational, witty poems that welcome readers with humor but often slip into quirky, tender or profound observation on the everyday, reading and writing, and poetry itself,” says The Poetry Foundation.

He is the author of more than a dozen books and a contributor to several more. Collins has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts and has taught at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence, and Lehman College, City University of New York, where he is a Distinguished Professor.

The Professional Touring Artist Series will also include music, drama, and more. RCC also announced that Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson will be the keynote speaker at RCC’s Martin Luther King Day celebration Jan. 16.

See the full schedule and purchase tickets for the Professional Touring Artist Series on RCC’s website.

Photo: Billy Collins/The Poetry Foundation

  • rstgrl

    Saw him at a Prairie Home Companion show at Wolf Trap. Funny, terrific!

  • RoadApples

    Curious ?:
    Are the fellowships received by this individual : financed by taxpayers and if not are they are financed by other entities; are those entities receiving tax breaks?

    • Seriously?

      Who knows? Why don’t you do some digging and report back to us.

    • John Higgins

      The NEA is an agency of the federal government. The other two entities mentioned are private foundations that generally operate off their investment earnings. Those earnings are subject to a federal excise tax. Money received as a fellowship is generally taxable to the recipient unless it is in the nature of a scholarship to a person who is pursuing a degree.

      • RoadApples

        JH: Thank you for your input.

  • Kevin West

    18th or the 28th?

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