Nel Babitzke


I was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois. I attended Franklin Grade School, and Peoria High School.

I graduated from Midstate College in 1977, with a diploma in Medical/Dental Assisting, Illinois Central College in 1987, with a degree in Liberal Arts, and Illinois State University in 1990, with a degree in Mass Communications / Journalism.

I am an only child, who has an only child. He has blessed me with two grandsons.

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write poetry. My proper-speaking English grandmother taught me to love words at an early age. The Poetry Club gives me a chance to try them out on others.

I have poems published in the 1987 edition of the ICC Writer, and I won the Silver Medal in the 2009 Heart of Illinois Senior Olympics Poetry Competition.

I joined the Peoria Poetry Club in 2008, and am currently the Vice President, and Correspondence Secretary.

FEATURED POET FOR DECEMBER 2010/JANUARY 2011: To read more of Nel’s poetry, click on the individual titles below, or click on her name under Club Poets, to find more poems on her profile page.

More Poetry from Nel:


On the Run

The Box

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