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Billy Collins to Take Part in Creativity Conversation

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Elaine Justice

Those who were unable to get a ticket to this Sunday’s free reading by popular poet Billy Collins have another chance to see him on Monday, Jan. 30 at noon in Cannon Chapel. He’ll take part in a Creativity Conversation with poet Kevin Young, professor of creative writing and English and a curator with the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL); and Rosemary Magee, vice president and secretary of Emory University.

The three will discuss the creative process and the influence of experiences and ideas. Collins, a well-known NPR guest, writes poetry filled with insightful observations into everyday life, sometimes exploring difficult themes with thoughtful humor. Collins’ books and a limited-edition broadside of one of his poems will be available for purchase. The conversation will be followed by a brief signing.

The author of eight collections, including “The Trouble with Poetry” (2005), “Ballistics” (2008), and “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.

Monday’s event is free and open to the public, and no ticket is required. Cannon Chapel is located at 515 Kilgo Circle on Emory’s main campus.

Recommended parking:

Oxford Road deck

Peavine deck

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