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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lucien Henry Stryk  

Pen Name: Lucien Stryk


Audience: Adult;

Born: April 7, 1924 in Poland

-- Lucien Stryk on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Stryk moved to Chicago at four years of age and served on the Northern Illinois University faculty as a Professor of English from 1958 until his retirement in 1991. He lives in Lake Bluff, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lucien Stryk is a poet, editor, and translator, who is strongly interested in Oriental philosphy. A long-time faculty member at Northern Illinois University, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship in 1975. He also won the Illinois Arts Council Literary Award in 1979.

Published Works

  • Taproot, Fantasy Press, 1953
  • The Trespasser, Fantasy Press, 1956
  • Notes for a Guidebook, Swallow Press, 1965
  • The Pit and Other Poems, Swallow Press, 1969
  • Awakening, Swallow Press, 1973
  • Selected Poems, Swallow Press, 1976
  • The Duckpond, Omphalos Press, 1978
  • Zen Poems, Embers Handpress, 1980
  • Encounter with Zen, Writings on Poetry and Zen , Swallow Press, 1981 - published as The Awakened Self: Encounters with Zen, Kodansha International, 1995
  • Cherries, Ampersand Press, 1983
  • Bird of Time: Haiku of Basho, Flatlands Press, 1983
  • Willows, Embers Handpress, 1983
  • Collected Poems, 1953-1983, Swallow Press, 1984
  • Bells of Lombardy, Northern Illinois University Press, 1986
  • Of Pen and Ink and Paper Scraps, Swallow Press, 1989
  • Where We Are, Selected Poems and Zen Translations, Skoob Books, 1997
  • And Still Birds Sing, New and Collected Poems, Swallow Press, 1998

Selected Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 0804003335. OCLC Number:

Swallow Press. Chicago,. [1973]

Selected poems /
ISBN: 0804007403. OCLC Number:

Swallow Press,. Chicago :. ©1976.

Encounter with Zen :
ISBN: 0804004056. OCLC Number:

Swallow Press ;. Chicago :. ©1981.

Cherries /
ISBN: 096047403X. OCLC Number:

Ampersand Press, Creative Writing Program, Roger Williams College,. Bristol, RI :. ©1983.

Collected poems, 1953-1983 /
ISBN: 0804008566. OCLC Number:

Swallow Press,. Athens, Ohio :. ©1984.

Bells of Lombardy /
ISBN: 0875801277. OCLC Number:

Northern Illinois University Press,. DeKalb, Ill. :. 1986.

Of pen and ink and paper scraps /
ISBN: 0804009198. OCLC Number:

Swallow Press/Ohio University Press,. Athens :. ©1989.

"The first of this new collection's three parts ranges very widely, from poems of childhood--his own, his children's, and his grandchild's--to poems of keen social and political awareness, and on to pieces about his neighbors, about growing more firmly and deeply into a personal place. The collection's second part, devoted completely to the poet's favorite of all the great haiku poets of Japan, Issa, 'Issa: A Suite of Haiku,' is made up of 72 freshly translated pieces by one of haiku's 'great four' ... The collection's third part begins with some poems about painting and sculpture, then begins to 'travel' to Italy, England, and Sweden. This volume of poetry is yet another demonstration of what Library Journal declared upon publication of Stryk's Collected Poems: 1953-1983: 'This collection affirms Stryk as one of our best poets working in America today'"--Publisher

The awakened self :
ISBN: 1568360460. OCLC Number:

Kodansha International,. New York :. 1995.

Where we are :
ISBN: 1871438039. OCLC Number:

Skoob Books,. London :. 1997.

And still birds sing :
ISBN: 0804010056. OCLC Number:

Swallow Press/Ohio University Press,. Athens :. 1998.


  • Illinois Governor`s Award for the Arts, 1980
  • Illinois Author of the Year, Illinois Association of Teachers of English, 1992

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