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Paul Collins

Born: Jan 12, 1969

Birthplace: Perkiomenville

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Paul Collins

Date of Birth : Jan 12, 1969
Birth Place : Perkiomenville

Paul Collins is an American writer, editor and Chair of English at Portland State University, in Portland, Oregon. He is best known for his work with McSweeney's and The Believer, as editor of the Collins Library imprint for McSweeney's Books, and for his appearances on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Saturday with Scott Simon. His own books deal primarily with quirky forgotten figures from history, sometimes interwoven with memoir. Damian Kulash of the band OK Go has stated that the chapter in Collins' book "Banvard's Folly" about Augustus Pleasonton's patent on blue light led to them naming their third album Of the Blue Colour of the Sky.


  • Writer
  • Editor

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
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