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Natasha Trethewey named poet laureate

Natasha Trethewey named poet laureate

WASHINGTON, June 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Library of Congress said Thursday Natasha Trethewey has been appointed poet laureate for 2012-13.

Kay Ryan named U.S. poet laureate

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington named Kay Ryan as the library's 16th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2008-09.

Ohio student takes national poetry crown

WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) -- A high school senior from Columbus, Ohio, has won the nation's first Poetry Out Loud title for his performance at Washington's Lincoln Theatre.

Poetry society awards more big prizes

CHICAGO, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- The newly rich Poetry Foundation has awarded two more large prizes to American poets, one who has been under-recognized and another a former U.S. poet laureate.

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Arizona 85, Boston Univ 71

TUCSON, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Luke Walton scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds before aggravating an ankle injury Monday night as fourth-ranked Arizona defeated Boston University, 85-

National Book Festival: Literacy revived

As a former literacy tutor, it is alarming to contemplate that more than a third of American adults do not read well enough to fill out a job application or to help their children with homework.
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Congress has session in New York

NEW YORK, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- The pomp of Washington came to the tragic and still-healing milieu of lower Manhattan Friday as Congress had a ceremonial session to honor the victims of last y

Cincinnati 90, Boston U. 52

PITTSBURGH, March 15 (UPI) -- The Cincinnati Bearcats, hoping to end a 40-year national title drought, got 27 points from Steve Logan Friday night and crushed Boston University, 90-52, in th

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Boston Col. 82, Boston U. 65

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Kenny Walls scored 21 points Sunday as 17th-ranked Boston College opened its season with an 82-65 victory over crosstown rival Boston University.

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Billy Collins
Poet laureate Billy Collins (L) performs with the Dixie Hummingbirds during a concert celebrating the music of Paul Simon, recipient of the first Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, at the Warner Theater in Washington on May 23, 2007. (UPI Photo/Alexis C. Glenn)

William “Billy” Collins (born 22 March 1941) is an American poet. He served two terms as the Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. In his home state, Collins has been recognized as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library (1992) and selected as the New York State Poet for 2004. He was recently appointed Claire Berman Artist in Residence at The Roxbury Latin School, in West Roxbury, MA. He is a distinguished professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York.

Collins was born in New York City to William and Katherine Collins. He attended Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains and received a B.A. degree from the College of the Holy Cross in 1963 and received his M.A. and Ph.D in English from the University of California, Riverside. He was a student of Victorian Scholar and poet Robert Peters at Riverside. Collins is a distinguished professor of English at Lehman College in the Bronx, where he joined the faculty in 1968 and has taught for over thirty years. Additionally, he is a founding Advisory Board member of the CUNY Institute for Irish-American Studies at Lehman College. He also has taught and served as a visiting writer at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York. Collins was named U.S. Poet Laureate in 2001 and held the title until 2003. Collins served as Poet Laureate for the State of New York from 2004 until 2006.

As U.S. Poet Laureate, Collins read his poem "The Names" at a special joint session of the United States Congress on September 6, 2002, held to remember the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

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