Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robert Klein Engler  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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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.


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

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Selected Titles At Your Library

A winter of words :
ISBN: 0738818992. OCLC Number: 44770018

Xlibris Corp.,. .

Child's play :
ISBN: 0595320988. OCLC Number: 58838891

iUniverse, Inc.,. .

Departures :
ISBN: 0944300219. OCLC Number: 51073494

Alphabeta Press,. .

Empty chair by moonlight /
ISBN: 0944300154. OCLC Number: 36687103

Alphabeta Press,. .

Medicine signs :
ISBN: 0944300189. OCLC Number: 38283424

Alphabeta Press,. .

One hundred poems /
ISBN: 0944300111. OCLC Number: 38283381

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Paper rings /
ISBN: 0738839078. OCLC Number: 51766500

Xlibris Corporation,. .

Return to Alexandria :
ISBN: 1583486054. OCLC Number: 58838890

Writers Club Press ;. .

Shoreline /
ISBN: 0944300138. OCLC Number: 33958111

Alphabeta Press,. .

Stings of the flesh :
ISBN: 1401025358. OCLC Number: 63211890

R.K. Engler,. .

Stings of the flesh :
ISBN: 1571382194. OCLC Number: 53026289

Spectrum Press,. .

The post-Gloria essays /
ISBN: 059532374X. OCLC Number: 59240254

iUniverse, Inc.,. .

The slow pull of days :
ISBN: 0738817562. OCLC Number: 46789799

Xlibris Corp.,. .

"This collection of short stories with gay themes is written by one of America's best poets. Many of the stories have been published earlier in magazines and have been available online for years, but are now gathered together in a single volume for the first time"--Cover page 4.