Billy Collins has published ten collections of poetry, including Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, Sailing Alone around the Room, Nine Horses, The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems, Ballistics, Horoscopes for the Dead and Picnic, Lightning. He has edited two anthologies Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry and 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day. His two most recent books, Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems 2003 – 2013 and The Rain in Portugal are New York Times bestsellers.
He has also edited three anthologies of poetry: Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry; 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Everyday; and Bright Wings: An Anthology of Poems about Birds.
Collins has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. He served as United States Poet Laureate (2001-03) and New York State Poet (2004-06). He was recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.