Billy Collins was called "the most popular poet in America" in a New York Times article by Bruce Weber. Being the rock star of the poetry world does afford certain perks—like a six-figure book deal (unheard of for poetry) and a reading at the White House.
Billy Collins: Poet, teacher, and yes, you guessed it—radio actor! Billy is a frequent guest on NPR's Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. The man does it all. Check him out getting ready for a performance with a brainstorming session and a skit rehearsal.
Billy Collins, like any writer, has literary influences. But he has some strong musical influences as well. What do you think is on Billy's playlist? (Source.)
There are two famous guys named Billy Collins—the poet and the…wait for it…boxer! Do you think Billy would have liked Billy? Sparring partners? Open-mike nights?