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Billy Collins

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Billy Collins is the author of seven collections of poetry,including, most recently, Nine Horses and the bestsellingcollection. Sailing Alone Around the Room. He is aDistinguished Professor of English at Lehman College ofthe City University of New York and is the creator of"Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools,"| which encourages students to listen to poetry every day ofthe school year. He was appointed poet laureate of theUnited States for 2001-2002 and reappointed for 2002-2003.