Former U.S. Poet Laureate to Speak at Azusa Pacific

Posted: February 8, 2011

Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate

Azusa Pacific University's Department of English welcomes former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins as the keynote speaker in the James L. Hedges Distinguished Lecture Series.

Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate from 2001-03, has been called by the New York Times the most “popular poet in America.” Poetry magazine dubbed him “Poet of the Year” for 1994. The magazine’s first annual Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry went to Collins in 2005. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. 

When: Tuesday, March 1, at 7 p.m.

Where: Azusa Pacific University's
Upper Turner Campus Center, East Campus, 901 E. Alosta Ave., Azusa 

The lecture series is free and open to the public. "The appearance of the celebrated poet, Billy Collins, marks a high point in the dialogue between APU and the surrounding culture," said David Esselstrom, Ph.D., chair and professor, Department of English. 

The James L. Hedges Distinguished Lecture Series exists to celebrate the written word through a series of endowed lectures by writers and literary critics of national stature. The lecture series honors one of APU's finest professors, James L. Hedges, professor of English from 1974-2005. 

For more information, contact Mark Eaton at