|Alma mater||Iowa Writers' Workshop,|
University of Denver
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. She lives in Western Massachusetts.
- 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, Arda Collins, Yale University Press, Mar 23, 2009
- "Award-winning UI poets Collins and Thirkield read April 14". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2009-05-02.
- "It Is Daylight - Collins, Arda; Glück, Louise - Yale University Press". Retrieved 2009-05-02.
- Archives Calendar, Reading Between A&B
- Collins, Arda (2004). "Spring". The American Poetry Review.