The 10th annual Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz Poetry Reading is scheduled to take place March 20 at the Whalley Memorial Chapel on the Pitt-Johnstown campus.
This year’s featured speaker is George Bilgere, an award-winning poet whose work is frequently celebrated on National Public Radio’s popular program “The Writer’s Almanac.”
Bilgere has published five books of poetry. In 2009, his book “The White Museum” won the Autumn House Press Poetry Prize. “Haywire” won the May Swenson Poetry Prize in 2006, and former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins chose “The Good Kiss” for the University of Akron Poetry Prize in 2002. Bilgere’s newest collection, “Imperial,” is forthcoming.
In addition to the aforementioned honors, he has received grants and awards from the Pushcart Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Witter Bynner Foundation through the Library of Congress and the Fulbright Foundation.
He gives readings at various venues throughout the country, including the Library of Congress.
He teaches at John Carroll University in Cleveland. Bilgere recently appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor and hosts a radio show of his own called “Wordplay,” which combines his passions for poetry and radio.
The reading, sponsored by the Program in Creative and Professional Writing, is free to the public. It begins at 7:30 p.m.
A selection of Bilgere’s books will be for sale, and a book signing is to follow the reading.
For more information about Bilgere’s upcoming visit, call 814-269-7141 or log on to Pitt-Johnstown’s official website at www.upj.pitt.edu.
More information about Bilgere can be found by logging onto www.georgebilgere.com. To listen to “Wordplay,” visit www.wjcu.org/wordplay/.
The Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz Poetry Reading is made possible by an endowment from Jacovitz.