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Poet Billy Collins to Speak at Princeton Theological Seminary Nov. 2

Poet Billy CollinsFormer United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins will read from his work, discuss the nature of poetry, the task of writing, and connections between poetry and faith at Princeton Theological Seminary on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

The 7 p.m. conversation with Princeton Seminary President M. Craig Barnes is free and open to the public. The event will take place in the Iain R Torrance Atrium at the Princeton Theological Seminary Library, which is located at the corner of Mercer Street and Library Place in downtown Princeton.

Collins, the United States Poet Laureate  from 2001 to 2003, is a Guggenheim fellow and a New York Library “Literary Lion.” He has been called the most popular poet in America by the New York Times. His work has appeared in a variety of periodicals, including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The American Scholar. He has published ten books of poetry, a collection of his haiku, and a recording of 34 of his poems that became a best-seller. From 2004 to 2006 he served as the New York State Poet Laureate, and is currently a distinguished professor of English at Lehman College of The City University of New York.

M. Craig Barnes is the author of The Pastor as Minor Poet: Texts and Subtexts In the Ministerial Life (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2008), which explores poetry as a metaphor for pastoral ministry.