The Poet and the Poem
Featured George Bilgere
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George BilgereŐs seventh book of poetry, Blood Pages, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2018. Bilgere has received grants and awards from the Pushcart Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Witter Bynner Foundation through the Library of Congress, and the Ohio Arts Council.
He has been awarded the Midland Authors Prize, the May Swenson Award, the Ohioana Poetry Prize, the Cleveland Arts Prize in Literature, the University of Akron Poetry Prize, and a Creative Workforce Fellowship through the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture in Cleveland.
Bilgere is familiar to National Public Radio listeners from his many appearances on Garrison KeillorŐs The WriterŐs Almanac and A Prairie Home Companion. He teaches at John Carroll University in Cleveland and hosts a weekly poetry radio show on WJCU.FM called Wordplay. He has a marvelous wife and two incredibly cute little boys.