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American poet and John Carroll University professor George Bilgere, Ph.D., will read a collection of poems about love and happiness at the prestigious Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. on Feb. 24 alongside National Book Award finalist Tim Seibles and prize-winning poet Keith Wilson.

The Folger Shakespeare Library was founded in 1932 and houses the largest Shakespeare collection in the world. 

Bilgere’s appearance at the Folger caps off a strong month of accolades. On February 11, he was named a recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for poetry. Per the Ohio Arts Council, Individual Excellence Awards are received by those whose creative body of work exemplifies their specific discipline and advances the larger artistic community. 

He has previously received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pushcart Foundation, the Witter Bynner Foundation through the Library of Congress, and the Fulbright Foundation. 

The Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Excellence Awards give artists the opportunity to be recognized and rewarded for their exemplary artistic achievements,” said OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins. “Through their art, the individuals selected for these grants have expressed visionary ideas, spoken in a diversity of voices, and explored thought-provoking topics and themes from a variety of viewpoints. We congratulate the Individual Excellence Award recipients and thank them for enriching Ohio’s creative community.