22 March 1941
Billy Collins is an American poet and professor. He was born in New York and is considered one of the most popular poets of the 21st century. Collins is known for his accessible, humorous, and often nostalgic poetry, and his work often reflects on everyday life and the world around him. He has published several books of poetry, including "Questions About Angels" and "The Art of Drowning". He served as the U.S. Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003 and has received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to poetry.