U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins Our new U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. His new collection of poems is Sailing Alone Around the Room (Random House). His other collections include Picnic, Lightning (Univ of Pittsburgh), The Art of Drowning (Univ of Pittsburgh Press), and Questions about Angels (William Morrow & Co). John Updike says of Collins' poetry, "Billy Collins writes lovely poems... Limpid, gently and consistently startling, more serious than they seem, they describe all the worlds that are and were and some others besides." Collins' poetry has also appeared in anthologies, textbooks, and a variety of periodicals, including Poetry, American Poetry Review, Harper's, and The New Yorker. He is professor of English at Lehman College, CUNY.