Bilgere said his poems are inspired by "scenes from real life."

Award-winning poet and author George Bilgere will read from his book “Central Air: Poems” at Del Mar College at 7 p.m. April 6 in Room 100 of the Venters Business Building. The event, part of National Library Week, is free and open to the public.

Alongside being a creative writing professor at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Bilgere earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California in Riverside, a master’s degree in English literature at Washington University in St. Louis, and a doctoral degree in contemporary British and American Poetry from the University of Denver.

Bilgere is a recipient of numerous awards including the Pushcart Prize, May Swenson Poetry Award and the University of Akron Poetry Prize. His writing examines the world through an eager-to-learn lens and is full of wit, intelligence and self-awareness.

Bilgere’s newest book, “Central Air: Poems,” is a collection of poems from the Pitt Poetry Series that takes readers around the world. From standard American locales and childhood to faraway European cities and old age, Bilgere uses these uniquely familiar circumstances to give readers an insight into his mature, yet jovial perspective of the world.

“Central Air: Poems” is available for purchase via Amazon or Bilgere’s personal website at georgebilgere.com.

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