Robert Klein Engler

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General Information

Name: Robert Klein Engler

Pen Name: None

Born: in Chicago, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Engler was born in and still resides in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Engler was born into a poor, Southside Chicago family. His father died when he was a boy, leaving his mother alone to raise 4 children. Robert worked his way through college, ending up with degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana and the University of Chicago Divinity School. He then became a professor at the City Colleges of Chicago, advancing there to become a department chairman and a labor union leader.

Engler's poems and stories have appeared in Borderlands Evergreen Chronicles, Hyphen, Christopher Street, The James White Review, American Letters and Commentary, Literal Latte and many other magazines, journals and online e-zines. His drawings appear online in Black Elvis, Rio and other e-zines. He continues to teach and live in Chicago and New Orleans.

Published Works

  • Stations of the Heart, Alphabeta Press, 1994
  • Shoreline, Alphabeta Press, 1995
  • One Hundred Poems, Alphabeta Press, 1997
  • Medicines Signs, Alphabeta Press, 1997
  • empty chair by moonlight, Alphabeta Press, 1998
  • departures, Alphabeta Press, 1998
  • Return to Alexandria, iUniverse , 2000
  • The Slow Pull of the Days, Xlibris, 2000
  • A Winter of Words, Xlibris, 2000
  • Stings of the Flesh, Xlibris, 2001
  • Paper Rings, Xlibris, 2001
  • Child's Play: Collected Poems, iUniverse, 2004
  • The Post-Gloria Essays, iUniverse, 2004
  • The Red Ash of Longing, Lulu, 2008

Titles at Your Library

Stations of the heart: A book of sonnets

Release Date: 1994


ISBN: 0944300138
Release Date: 1995

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One Hundred Poems

ISBN: 0944300111
Release Date: 1997

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Medicines Signs

ISBN: 0944300189
Release Date: 1997

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empty chair by moonlight

ISBN: 0944300154
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The Slow Pull of Days

ISBN: 0738817562
Release Date: 2000-06-01

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Stings of the flesh: The Christian homosexual (Books on floppy disks)

ISBN: 1571382194
Release Date: 1993

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Paper Rings

ISBN: 0738839078
Release Date: 2001-04-19

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Child's Play: Collected Poems

ISBN: 0595320988
Release Date: 2004-05-30

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The Post-Gloria Essays

ISBN: 059532374X
Release Date: 2004-07-19

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The Red Ash of Longing

ISBN: 1435755553
Release Date: 2012-09-22

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Literary Awards

Illinois Arts Council Literary Award for his poem Flower Festival at Genzano which appeared in Whetstone.

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (No)

External Links

Robert Klein Engler on WorldCat


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