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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robert Klein Engler  

Pen Name: None

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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 Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Stations of the heart: A book of sonnets
ISBN: B0006P9CCG

Alphabeta Press. 1994

Shoreline
ISBN: 0944300138

Alphabeta Press. 1995

poetry

One Hundred Poems
ISBN: 0944300111

Alphabeta Press. 1997

poetry

Medicines Signs
ISBN: 0944300189

Alphabeta Press. 1997

poetry

empty chair by moonlight
ISBN: 0944300154

Alphabeta Press. 0

short stories with gay themes set in new orleans

departures
ISBN: 0944300219

Alphabeta Press. 1998

poetry

Return to Alexandria: Collected Sonnets
ISBN: 1583486054

Writers Club Press. 2000

"Engler...is...not only one of today's premier gay writers, but...an inspiring wordsmith for all audiences."-J. Masiulewicz, U-Direct"A poet of the first rank."-Michael MorganA collection of sonnets by one of America's best poets.

The Slow Pull of Days
ISBN: 0738817562

Xlibris Corp. 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 on-line for years, but are now gathered together in a single volume for the first time.

Comments about Robert Klein Engler:

“Engler ... is ... not only one of today’s premier gay writers, but ... an inspiring wordsmith for all audiences.”

—J. Masiulewicz, U-Direct

“...a poet of the first rank.”

—Michael Morgan

A Winter of Words
ISBN: 0738818992

Xlibris Corp. 2000

This memoir relates the experience of a gay college professor working in an urban community college at the end of the twentieth century. Among his controversial assertions, the author argues that Affirmative Action policies have led to the ethnic cleansing of gays from America’s schools.

Comments about Robert Klein Engler:

“Engler ... is ... not only one of today’s premier gay writers, but ... an inspiring wordsmith for all audiences.”

—J. Masiulewicz, U-Direct

“...a poet of the first rank.”

—Michael Morgan

Stings of the flesh: The Christian homosexual (Books on floppy disks)
ISBN: 1571382194

Spectrum Press. 1993

Paper Rings
ISBN: 0738839078

Xlibris Corp. 2001

Child's Play: Collected Poems
ISBN: 0595320988

iUniverse, Inc.. 2004

Engler is not only one of today's premier gay writers, but an inspiring wordsmith for all audiences.-J. Masiulewicz, U-Direct" a poet of the first rank."-Michael Morgan

The Post-Gloria Essays
ISBN: 059532374X

iUniverse, Inc.. 2004

These essays pick up where Gloria Klein's essays leave off. Poetry and politics are the themes for most of these pieces that span the years since Gloria Klein's departure from the Chicago poetry scene.This collection contains the controversial essay "Poetry and Art in Chicago: A Prosimetrical Complaint," along with many other shorter articles.

The Red Ash of Longing
ISBN: 1435755553

lulu.com. 2012

Poems by one of America's best poets. Some are seen here for the first time.


Awards

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