Attend Final Poet Reading in Folger Poetry Series Monday

Billy Collins, NY Times' "Most Popular Poet in America," Will Do Online Reading May 10

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Poety Billy Collins, whom the New York Times has called "the most popular poet in America," is the last poet to read in the 52nd season of the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series at the Folger. Courtesy: Folger Shakespeare Library

You’ve got the chance to hear “the most popular poet in America” read in your own home.

On Monday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m., the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series at the Folger Shakespeare Library welcomes poet Billy Collins to the final reading of the series –a virtual reading you can enjoy in your living room.

Collins has been named “the most popular poet in America” by The New York Times and is a former United States Poet Laureate.

He is the author of several volumes of poetry, most recently Whale Day. His many honors and awards include the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award for Humor in Poetry.

Each year, the Folger Poetry Board, supporters of the O.B Hardison Poetry Series, selects a distinguished poet to share their favorite poems from other poets and to read from their own work.

This final reading of the 2020-21 virtual season, the 52nd season of this distinguished Series held in collaboration with The National Gallery of Art highlights this popular poet.

Collins follows in the steps of noted poets Seamus Heaney, Rita Dove, Octavio Paz, Gwendolyn Brooks, former British Poet Laureates Sir Andrew Motion, and Carol Ann Duffy, all former Folger Poetry Board Readers, a designation which began in 1991 with Heaney.

East City Bookshop is the online bookseller for this online event.

This reading is free, but reservations are required. Register at www.folger.edu/poetry.

For more information, please contact the Folger Box Office at 202-544-7077 or visit  www.folger.edu/poetry.