November 25, 2022

Billy Collins will travel to Charleston for a public poetry reading | Charleston Scene

Former American Poet Laureate Billy Collins will present a public poetry reading at 6:30 p.m. on September 15 at the Rose Maree Myers Theater at Charleston County School of the Arts.

The reading is sponsored by Applause, the student newspaper of the School of the Arts. Admission is free, but places are limited. The school is located at 5109 W. Enterprise St., North Charleston.

Collins is known for the affable, often humorous, and conversational tone of his poems, and the ease with which he allows readers to see the extraordinary in everyday experience.

Collins was Poet Laureate during the September 11 attacks and composed the poem “The Names” on the first anniversary. He has read his work in the White House twice and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

His latest book, “Whale Day,” was a New York Times bestseller, and his next book, “Musical Tables,” will be published in November by Random House.

Several of the poet’s books will be available for purchase at the event, as well as “Conversations with Billy Collins”, a new collection of talks edited by School of Arts English professor John Cusatis. Tickets are available through

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