Julie E. Bloemeke is currently working on her first full-length book of poetry. Her manuscript, Slide to Unlock, was chosen by Stephen Dunn as finalist for the 2016 May Swenson Poetry Award through University Press of Colorado and Utah State University Press. Slide to Unlock has also been a semifinalist in six book prizes: the 2016 Crab Orchard Review Poetry Open Competition, the 2015 and 2016 Washington Prize through Word Works, the 2015 Hudson Prize through Black Lawrence Press, and the 2014 and 2015 Crab Orchard Review First Book Award with Southern Illinois University Press. A forthcoming fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative arts for 2016, she earned her MA in American Literature from the University of South Carolina and her MFA in poetry from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her poetry has appeared or will be appearing in Four Chambers Literary Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, Muse/A Journal, Bridge Eight Literary Magazine, Gulf Coast, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Drunken Boat, The Raven Chronicles, Poet Lore, A&U: America’s AIDS Magazine, Mason’s Road and others. Her poems have been published in a number of anthologies including The Great Gatsby Anthology, The Sense of the Midlands, Lavandaria: A Mixed Load of Women, Wash and Word, The Nancy Drew Anthology, The Southern Poetry Anthology Volume V: Georgia and the My Cruel Invention Anthology with Meerkat Press.
She was the first place prize recipient in poetry competitions for both the Atlanta Writer’s Club and the Emory Poetry Council at Emory University and has been a finalist for the Arts & Letters Poetry Prize. In 2016, she was also a finalist for the Saluda River Poetry Prize for the State of South Carolina. In 2014, her poem “Electric Mail” was a finalist in the William Faulkner Wisdom Competition. A winner in the 2012 Artists Embassy International Dancing Poetry contest, she read her poem, “Pinned,” as part of the annual performance in San Francisco. In 2012 her poetry and photography series on abandoned buildings was featured in Deep South Magazine; her technology riff poems were published in the collaborative chapbook Jasper Reads: Download.
In 2015 her ekphrastic work on Philip C. Curtis was selected for a limited edition chapbook anthology collaboration between the Phoenix Museum of Art and Four Chambers Press. In May she won the 2015 ekphrastic poetry competition at the Toledo Museum of Art where her work was on view with the Claude Monet collection.
In addition to serving as a literary docent with the Toledo Museum of Art, she has also been a guest blogger at Best American Poetry where she wrote about technology poetry and her studies with James Dickey.
In 2016 she was the inaugural Poetry Director for the Milton Literary Festival in Georgia.