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Full bio for publicity 2024:

JULIE E. BLOEMEKE (she/her) is the 2021 Georgia Author of the Year Finalist for Poetry.  Her debut full-length collection Slide to Unlock (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2020) was also chosen as a 2021 Book All Georgians Should Read. Co-editor of Let Me Say This: A Dolly Parton Poetry Anthology (Madville Publishing, 2023)--also named a 2024 Book All Georgians Should Read--she served as co-editor for the Dolly Parton tribute issue of Limp Wrist. Winner of the 2022 Third Coast Poetry Prize and a finalist for the 2020 Fischer Poetry Prize, her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications including Writer’s Chronicle, Prairie Schooner, Nimrod, Cortland Review, Gulf Coast, EcoTheo Review, and others.  An associate editor for South Carolina Review, newsletter producer for Rough Draft Atlantaand a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellow, she is also a freelance writer and editor.  She holds her MA in American Literature from the University of South Carolina and her MFA in poetry from the Bennington Writing Seminars. In 2023, a broadside of her poem, “Glass City,” was commissioned by the Hiltons at Toledo Downtown to be on view in the hotel’s permanent collection as part of a National Poetry Month collaboration honoring arts and industry. This spring, she is spearheading the inaugural #5poets5parks initiative with Metroparks Toledo. A proud native of Toledo, she currently lives in Atlanta. Visit her online at

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