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George Bilgere and Diana Hartog
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 7:30 PM, Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz
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$3 suggested donation to Poetry Santa Cruz.

George Bilgere’s most recent book of poetry is Imperial, from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Other books include The White Museum, selected by Alicia Ostriker in 2010 for the Autumn House Poetry Series, Haywire (winner of the May Swenson Poetry Award in 2006) and The Good Kiss (chosen by U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins to win the University of Akron Poetry Prize in 2002. “In the house of contemporary poetry,” said Collins, “George Bilgere is a breath of fresh American air.” Bilgere’s poems and essays have appeared in the Sewanee Review, Kenyon Review, Southern Review, Poetry, Best American Poetry, Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Field, Shenandoah, and elsewhere. He has received grants and fellowships from the Pushcart Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Foundation, the Society of Midland Authors, the Ohio Arts Council, the Ohioana Poetry Foundation, and the Witter Bynner Foundation. His poems are often heard on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, and he has been a guest on Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. He teaches literature at John Carroll University in Cleveland.

See the list of the 39 poems by George Bilgere broadcast on the Writer’s Almanac, and click on links to read and hear some.

Watch George Bilgere’s shameless video showing how he copes with his fame (2:18).

Diana Hartog has published four collections of poetry: Ink Monkey (Brick, 2006), Polite to Bees (Coach House, 1992), nominated for the BC Book Prize, Candy from Strangers (1986), winner of the BC Book Prize and Matinee Light (1983), winner of the Gerald Lampert Award. She has also written a memoir, No Hippies Allowed (1994) and a novel The Photographer’s Sweethearts (1996). Her short fiction has been shortlisted for the Journey Prize. She lives in New Denver, British Columbia and winters in California.

Listen to Diana Hartog on The Poetry Show with Dennis Morton on February 23, 2014.


Poetry Santa Cruz is funded, in part, by a grant from Arts Council Santa Cruz County.  Some events are supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from the James Irvine Foundation.  Poetry Santa Cruz is also grateful for the support of its members and donors, In Celebration of the Muse, and those who donated in memory of Maude Meehan and Kathleen Flowers.  The William James Association acted as our fiscal sponsor for our first four years.  Our readings are supported by Bookshop Santa Cruz, Capitola Book Café, Cabrillo College, Darling House, and KUSP.  Membership premiums have been donated by Graywolf Press, the University of Pittsburgh Press, Robert Sward, Coffee House Press, Copper Canyon Press, and Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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