George Bilgereb. 1951
George Bilgere has published five collections of poetry, most recently The White Museum which was awarded the 2009 Autumn House Poetry Prize. Bilgere's poetry, while residing firmly in the every-day world of janitors, college students or siblings, is noted for its controlled poignancy and limpid free-verse line. Billy Collins has described him as "a welcome breath of fresh American air." A resident of Ohio, Bilgere lives in Cleveland, where he teaches creative writing at John Carroll University.