Poet wins prestigious Prize for Literature 

Ellicott City resident’s work honored for literary, aesthetic excellence

TOWSON, Md. (June 1, 2006) – Joelle Biele, of Ellicott City, Md., is the winner of the 2006 Towson University Prize for Literature. She received the $1,000 prize for her book of poems, White Summer, which was published in 2002 by Southern Illinois Press. 

A Fulbright Scholar and a recipient of both the Ruth Lake Award and the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Biele has been published in the Antioch Review, Hubbub, Indiana Review, the Iowa Review, Meridian, Nimrod, and Epoch. She has taught American literature and creative writing at the University of Oldenburg in Germany and has served as a lecturer in the English department at the University of Maryland.

In White Summer, Biele investigates the problems of personal and cultural memory. Rich with images of flight and displacement, her poems show a love for words, their music and physicality.

Established in 1979 with a grant from Alice and Franklin Cooley, the Towson University Prize for Literature is awarded annually for a single book or book-length manuscript of fiction, poetry, drama or imaginative nonfiction by a Maryland writer. The prize is granted on the basis of literary and aesthetic excellence as determined by a panel of distinguished judges appointed by the university.

Biele will read from her work at Towson University in the fall.




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