Collins worked on public television documentaries from 1997-2003.
She has taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, New York University, and at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. She is currently the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer in Residence at Smith College.
- 2008 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition.
- 2008 American Academy of Arts and Sciences' (AAAS) Poetry Prize
- 2008 May Sarton Prize 
- "It Is Daylight - Collins, Arda; Glück, Louise - Yale University Press". Retrieved 2009-05-02.
- It Is Daylight, Arda Collins, Yale University Press, Mar 23, 2009
- "Award-winning UI poets Collins and Thirkield read April 14". Retrieved 2009-05-02.
- Archives Calendar, Reading Between A&B
- Collins, Arda (2004). "Spring". The American Poetry Review.
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