by Chris Faatz, April 20, 2011 12:45 PM
Billy Collins is America's poet. Funny, evocative, and subtly wise, he etches a new word in our hearts. Former Poet Laureate of the United States and frequent guest on National Public Radio, he may be our most prolific and energetic champion of poetry. Dana Gioia once famously asked, "Can Poetry Matter?" Collins, both in his own work and in the generosity he shows to others, proves that it can.