Former U.S. Poet Laureate and Lehman College Distinguished Professor of English Billy Collins will kick off April’s National Poetry Month with a special poetry reading on Thursday, March 29, at 12:30 p.m. in the Lovinger Theatre. This event, which is sponsored by the City and the Humanities Program at Lehman, is free and open to the community.
Joining Professor Collins will be three members of the Lehman faculty: Professors Salita Bryant, George Green, Jason Koo. Professor Bryant has recently published a chapbook, Addie Bundren is Dead, Finishing Line Press (2011). She has won Connecticut Poetry Society’s Award, Boulevard’s Emerging Poets Award, the Spoon River Poetry Review Editors’ Prize, and the Iron Horse Literary Review Discovered Voices Award. She has been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes.
Professor Green’s poems have appeared in the anthologies Poetry 180, 180 More, and The Best American Poetry 2005 and 2008. His book Lord Byron’s Foot, about the famed Romantic poet, won the New Criterion Poetry Prize.
Professor Koo is the author of Man on Extremely Small Island (C&R Press, 2009), the winner of both the De Novo Poetry Prize and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Members’ Choice Award for the best Asian American book of 2009, and a finalist for the National Poetry Series, the Kathryn A. Morton Prize and the Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award in Poetry.
Professor Collins, a member of the Lehman faculty for more than forty years, was U.S. Poet Laureate from 2001-2003 and New York State Poet Laureate from 2004-2006. His best-selling works include Picnic, Lightning; Questions about Angels; and The Art of Drowning.Among his numerous awards are the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award (2004), the Nashville Public Library Literary Award (2010), and fellowships from the New York Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation.