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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.

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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Shoreline /
ISBN: 0944300138. OCLC Number:

Alphabeta Press,. Chicago, Ill. :. ©1995.

One hundred poems /
ISBN: 0944300111. OCLC Number:

Alphabeta Press,. Chicago :. ©1997.

Medicine signs :
ISBN: 0944300189. OCLC Number:

Alphabeta Press,. Chicago :. ©1997.

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

Alphabeta Press,. Chicago, Ill. :. ©1996.

Departures :
ISBN: 0944300219. OCLC Number:

Alphabeta Press,. Chicago :. ©1998.

Return to Alexandria :
ISBN: 1583486054. OCLC Number:

Writers Club Press ;. New York :. ©2000.

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

Xlibris Corp.,. [Place of publication not identified] :. ©2000.

"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.

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

Xlibris Corp.,. [Place of publication not identified] :. ©2000.

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

Spectrum Press,. Chicago, IL :. ©1993.

Paper rings /
ISBN: 0738839078. OCLC Number:

Xlibris Corporation,. :. 1996.

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

iUniverse, Inc.,. Lincoln, NE :. ©2004.

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

iUniverse, Inc.,. Lincoln, NE :. ©2004.


Illinois Arts Council Literary Award for his poem

Flower Festival at Genzano

which appeared in



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