Free Webinar—Teaching Poetry: Poetry 180 with Billy Collins on June 23, 4-5 ET

Register now for this webinar!

Billy Collins. Photo credit: Suzannah Gilman

Join us for a conversation with former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins about his signature laureate project, Poetry 180, which brings poetry to schools for each of the 180 days of the school year. With facilitator and NCTE President Alfredo Celedón Luján, Collins will share poems from the project and discuss Poetry 180 as an “outside the box” approach to connecting youth with poetry.

Billy Collins, one of the most popular poets in America, is the author of 12 poetry collections—including Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems 2003 – 2013, and The Rain in Portugal, both New York Times bestsellers. The inaugural recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award for Humor in Poetry, Collins served as United States Poet Laureate from 2001-2003 and New York State Poet Laureate from 2004-06. He is a former Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, and in 2016 he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters.

Facilitator Alfredo Celedón Luján is the president of NCTE as well as dean of students and teacher of English and study skills at Monte del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has been a recipient of three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2015, he was named one of New Mexico’s Golden Apple Award winners for excellence in teaching.

This session is co-hosted by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

You can register here.

UPDATE: You can now view the recording of this webinar on the Library’s Webinars and Workshops site for teachers (search under Past Webinars).


  1. Chrislyn Koch
    June 16, 2021 at 10:34 am


  2. Jairo Jura
    June 17, 2021 at 7:23 am

    Dear Administrator,

    Thank you for sharing this event. I hope to attend and enjoy participation.
    Best regards

    Jairo Jura

  3. Missy Smith
    June 24, 2021 at 6:56 am

    So sorry to have missed this. Will there be a recording available?

    Missy Smith

    • Anne Holmes
      June 30, 2021 at 9:33 am

      Dear Missy,

      Yes, the webinar recording has been posted on our Teachers site under “Past Webinars”:

      All best,

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