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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Norbert Blei  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction Poetry

Born: 1935 in Chicago, Illinois


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 Blei 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, where he has lived and worked as a writer for over 40 years. For four decades, he worked in a converted chicken coop in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. He was 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 was CROSS+ROADS PRESS, founded in 1997.

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