Poet George Bilgere & Novelist Michael Grant Jaffe @ Mac’s
Saturday | 7:00 PM–8:00 PM
Start: 7:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm
Poet George Bilgere and novelist Michael Grant Jaffe will read at Mac's on Saturday, March 22nd at 7 p.m.
George is the author of several poetry collections including Imperial (University of Pittsburgh Press 2014) and The White Museum (Autumn House Press 2010). In "Imperial"," "George Bilgere's sixth collection of poetry, he continues his exploration of the beauties, mysteries, and absurdities of being middle-aged and middle-class in mid-America. In poems that range from the Cold War anxieties of the 1950s to the perils and predicaments of an aging Boomer in a post-9/11 world, Bilgere's rueful humor and slippery syntax become a trapdoor that at any moment can plunge the reader into the abyss. In Bilgere's world a yo-yo morphs into an emblem for the atomic bomb. A spot of cancer flames into the Vietnam War. And the death of a baseball player reminds us, in this age of disbelief, of the importance--the necessity--of myth." His poems have been featured several times on Garrison Keillor's Writers Almanac and former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry. He has received grants and awards from the Witter Bynner Foundation, The Pushcart Foundation and the NEA. Locally, he was awarded a 2014 Creative Workforce Fellowship through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. George and poet John Donoghue host Wordplay, a weekly radio show featuring spoken word and poetry on WJCU 88.7 FM. Michael Grant Jaffe has published four novels: When Blackness Was a Virtue (Dzanc 2014), Whirlwind (W.W.Norton 2004), Skateaway (FSG 1999) and Dance Real Slow (Farrar, Straus Giroux 1996). In When Blackness Was a Virtue, Michael Grant Jaffe captures the chaos of the protagonist's sudden downturn in his personal life, dealing with an ex-wife who makes his life miserable, and trying to keep his children happy in the midst of it all. He finds release for his frustrations through the violence of his bookie job as he tries to make sense of what happened to his life and hold onto his morality.