Hailed by Michael Heaton, features reporter for The Cleveland Plain Dealer, as "America's Greatest Living Poet," George Bilgere can count among his other admirers Garrison Keillor and former poet laureate Billy Collins, who has described him as “a welcome breath of fresh American air.”
A professor of English at John Carroll University, Bilgere has published six collections of poetry, including Imperial (2014); The White Museum (2010), which was awarded the Autumn House Poetry Prize; Haywire (2006), which won the May Swenson Poetry Award; and The Good Kiss (2002), which was selected by Collins to win the University of Akron Poetry Award. Other awards include the Midland Authors Award and a Pushcart Prize. His poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals including Poetry, Ploughshares, the Kenyon Review, Fulcrum, and the Best American Poetry series. Bilgere has received grants from the Witter Bynner Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Commission, and the Ohio Arts Council. His poems are kind, big-hearted, and full of love for the precarious human condition.
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