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Norbert Blei Kicks Off Dickinson

Norbert Blei

Norbert Blei inaugurates the third year of the UUFDC Emily Dickinson Poetry Series with a reading at
7 pm on Wednesday, April 13. The Series begins each year in April, National Poetry Month, and this reading is one of the featured events of the Door County celebration of National Poetry Month.

Norbert Blei is Door County’s best-known writer, writing teacher, editor and publisher. He moved here from Chicago in 1969. Although his early writings were about Chicago, he has written most extensively about Door County and Wisconsin. He has taught, lectured, given writing workshops throughout the state and Midwest, and is Writer-in-Residence at The Clearing.

Blei has been published in many of the state’s leading periodicals and literary magazines and is a frequent commentator on regional radio. He has won regional, state, and national awards for his writing in diverse genres: poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. These recognitions have come from the Wisconsin Library Association, the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, The Council of Wisconsin Writers and Pushcart Press.

He is the author of 17 books and in 1997 began his own press, CROSS+ROADS PRESS, dedicated to the publication of first chapbooks by poets, short story writers, novelist, and artists. His own Wisconsin work includes the award winning trilogy: Door Way, Door Steps, and Door to Door, as well as Meditations on a Small Lake and the controversial Chronicles of a Rural Journalist in America–dedicated to the preservation of the rural landscape.

Please join us for this enlightening evening! An open mic will follow Blei’s reading.