Norbert Blei

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General Information

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Name: Norbert Blei

Pen Name: None

Born: 1935 in Chicago, Illinois







Photo Credit: Jude Genereaux

Illinois Connection

Blei was born in an ethnic (primarily Czechoslovakian) neighborhood of western Chicago, Illinois known as Little Village, in the 26th & Pulaski area. An only child, Blei and his parents moved to the near-western Chicago suburb of Cicero when he was in grade school.

Biographical and Professional Information

Norbert began his career teaching high school English and subsequently worked at City News Bureau as a reporter. Blei left Chicago and moved to Door County in 1969, (250 miles north of Chicago) where he has lived and worked as a writer for over 40 years.For four decades, he has worked in a converted chicken coop in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin.

He is also the editor/publisher of a small literay press (devoted to helping writers get their first books in print--and also supporting 'veteran' little magazine, small press writers who may have drifted into obscurity, The name of his press is CROSS+ROADS PRESS, founded in 1997.

Published Works

  • The Hour of the Sunshine Now, Short Stories, Story Press, 1978
  • The Second Novel, Becoming a Writer, December Press
  • Door Way, Ellis Press, 1981
  • Adventures in an American`s Literature, Ellis Press, 1982
  • Door Steps,Ellis Press, 1983
  • Door to Door, Ellis Press, 1985
  • The Ghost of Sandburg's Phizzog, Ellis Press, 1986
  • Neighborhood, Ellis Press, 1987
  • Meditations on a Small Lake, Ellis Press, 1987
  • Chronicles of a Rural Journalist in America, Door Reminder Press, 1990
  • Chi-Town, Ellis Press, 1990

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Second Novel

ISBN: 0913204099
Release Date: 1978-06

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Adventures in an American's Literature

ISBN: 0933180411
Release Date: 1982-11

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Door to Door

ISBN: 093318073X
Release Date: 1985-09

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Door Steps

ISBN: 0933180446
Release Date: 1983-09

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Meditations on a Small Lake

ISBN: 0933180993
Release Date: 1987-07

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Chronicles of a Rural Journalist in America

ISBN: 0962614033
Release Date: 1990-07

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Literary Awards


Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Norbert Blei on WorldCat

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