One of five outstanding finalists for the Fischer Prize in 2020, Julie E. Bloemeke of Georgia will be the featured reader at the Bardic Trails Zoom poetry webinar Tuesday, May 4th at 7 p.m. Register by May 3rd on-line at the Wilkinson Public Library to get URL & password.
Bloemeke’s first full-length poetry collection, Slide to Unlock, debuted in 2020. A Bennington Writing Seminars graduate and a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, her poems have been widely anthologized, most recently in Mother Mary Comes to Me: A Popculture Poetry Anthology (2020).
Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals including Gulf Coast, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, Cortland Review and others. A freelance writer and editor, her interviews have been featured in AWP Writer’s Chronicle and Poetry International. Her essay on poetry and spirituality is forthcoming in EcoTheo Review. Her website is here.
Following Bloemeke, there will be a short Question and Answer session with co-hosts, Goodtimes and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer.
A production of the Talking Gourds Poetry Program, Bardic Trails is an a free event open to any who pre-register. Art Goodtimes, co-director of Talking Gourds, said that Bloemeke’s poem, “After Rousseau’s The Dream,” was honored as a finalist by judge Claire Blotter in the 2020 Fischer Prize poetry contest.
Future Bardic Trails
Our future Bardic Trails dates are June 1 with Melissa Studdard of Texas (“Mountains”), July 6 with Partridge Boswell of Vermont (“Prey”), Aug. 3 with Jane Lunin Perel of Rhode Island (“Sky”), Sept. 7 with Anna Scotti of California (“Fuel”), Oct. 5 with Renee Podunovich of Cortez (“Tree”), Nov. 2 with Debbi Brody of New Mexico (“The New”), and Dec. 7 with Al Zolynas of California (“Flesh”).