Brooklyn Voices Welcomes Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins

October 06, 2014

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – October 6, 2014 – St. Joseph’s College (SJC), in partnership with Greenlight Bookstore, is pleased to announce that former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will discuss his latest work, Aimless Love, as part of the fall Brooklyn Voices Lecture Series on Tuesday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tuohy Hall Auditorium located on SJC’s Brooklyn Campus.

“We are all very excited to welcome a former Poet Laureate to SJC,” said Dr. Ted Hamm, director of the Brooklyn Voices Lecture Series. “His enthusiasm for poetry is contagious, and our students are eager to join Collins’ many devotees at the event.” 

Billy Collins is one of the nation’s most celebrated poets. Last year, his first volume of new and selected poetry in 12 years was an instant New York Times bestseller, and Collins was called “America’s favorite poet” by the Wall Street Journal. Collins is the author of 10 collections of poetry, including Horoscopes for the Dead, Ballistics, The Trouble with Poetry, Nine Horses, Sailing Alone Around the Room, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning and Picnic, Lightning. He is also the editor of Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day and Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds. A distinguished professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, and a distinguished Fellow at the Winter Park Institute of Rollins College, he was Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003 and Poet Laureate of New York State from 2004 to 2006.

Tickets for this event are $15 and include a copy of Aimless Love. To purchase tickets, visit For more information, call Michael Banach at 718.940.5584.

Created in collaboration with Greenlight Bookstore, the aim of the Brooklyn Voices Series is to promote and enhance the creative vitality of our home neighborhoods of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill by providing local writers, artists, and intellectuals with a forum in which to discuss and present their works to our neighbors, patrons and students. Through lectures, forums, performances and public discussion, Brooklyn Voices seeks to make a meaningful contribution to the thriving intellectual culture of the neighborhood and ensure that our community remains a stimulating place in which to live, learn and do business.

St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in over 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.