William James Collins (born March 22, 1941) is an American poet, appointed as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. He is a Distinguished Professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York (retired, 2016). Collins was recognized as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library (1992) and selected as the New York State Poet for 2004 through 2006. In 2016, Collins was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. As of 2020, he is a teacher in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.
|Born||William James Collins|
March 22, 1941
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Professor, poet, book author, anthologist|
|Education||College of the Holy Cross (BA) University of California, Riverside (MA, PhD)|
|Notable works||The Apple That Astonished Paris, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning|
|Notable awards||United States Poet Laureate (2001-2003) Norman Mailer Prize for Poetry (2014)|
|Spouse||Suzannah Gail Collins|
American poet and academic who served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. His popular poetry collections include The Art of Drowning, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the Dead.
He was the only child of Katherine and William Collins, and he married Diane Collins.
He was born and raised in New York City, where he attended Holy Cross College. Later, he studied at the University of California, Riverside.
The New York Times once lauded him as the most popular of all American poets.
His work was praised by renowned author John Updike .
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