BLEI, Norbert. American, b. 1935. Career: City News Bureau, Chicago, IL, reporter, 1958-59; high school English teacher, 1960-68; writer, 1969-. Military service: Served in the U.S. Army Reserve. Publications: POETRY: The Watercolored Word, 1968; Door Steps (prose poems), 1983; Paint Me a Picture, Make Me a Poem, 1987. FICTION: The Second Novel (Becoming a Writer), 1978; The Hour of the Sunshine Now (short stories), 1978; Adventures in an American's Literature (novel), 1982; The Ghost of Sandburg's Phizzog and Other Stories (short stories), 1986. NONFICTION: Door Way, 1981; Door to Door, 1985; Neighborhood, 1987; Meditations on a Small Lake: (Requiem for a Diminishing Landscape) (essays), 1987; Chi Town, 1990; Chronicles of a Rural Journalist in America (essays), 1990; The Watercolor Way (essays), 1990. Work included in anthologies. Contributor to periodicals. Address: P.O. Box 33, Ellison Bay, WI 54210, U.S.A.