Write On is proud to administer the Norbert Blei Poetry Award. The award includes a prize of $250 and complimentary registration to the Washington Island Literary Festival, September 22 through 24. Judging this year’s award is poet Alice D’Alessio. The winning poet will be invited to read at the Saturday evening dinner, along with Door County Poet Laureate Sharon Auberle and Wisconsin Poet Laureate Karla Huston. Deadline for application is July 21.
The contest is open to beginning and established poets who are at least 18 years of age and residents of Wisconsin. To enter: please send 1-3 unpublished poems (one poem per page please and your name should not appear) along with a biographical statement, your contact information, and a $10 entry fee to: Norbert Blei Poetry Award, c/o Write On, Door County, PO Box 457, Fish Creek, WI 54212-0457.
“As a teacher Norbert Blei was dedicated to nurturing the writing talent of others. Write On keeps his spirit alive by providing The Coop, his writing studio, as a work space for many writers at our property in Juddville. We are pleased to offer this award to honor his memory and to encourage poets at all levels of accomplishment,” said Jerod Santek, Director of Write On, Door County and a committee member of the Washington Island Literary Festival.
Alice D’Alessio retired from corporate and non-profit communications positions to focus on writing poetry and non-fiction, and has published five books. The first poetry book , A Blessing of Trees, was awarded the Posner Prize from the Council for Wisconsin Writers, for best poetry book published in Wisconsin; the second, Days We Are Given won first place and publication from Earth’s Daughters. She has taught workshops at Green Lake for Elderhostel, at the Washington Island Literary Festival, and various other venues. She has won several Hal Prizes, and was co-editor of the book, The Professor’s Room, a tribute to Norbert Blei. Her latest book of poetry is Walking the Tracks, published by Fireweed Press in October 2016.
The theme of this year’s Washington Island Literary Festival is “Exploring Frontiers: Both Real and Imagined.” Authors for this year’s festival include nonfiction writers Dan Egan, David MacLean and Kao Kalia Yang, novelists Rachel DeWoskin and Amy Hassinger, and poets Sharon Auberle and Karla Huston. For more information, visit the festival’s website.