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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Poetry

Born: February 8, 1924 in Hamburg, Germany


Illinois Connection

Mueller moved to rural Lake Forest in 1960's.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lisel Mueller fled Germany at the age of 15 and came to America with her family. She went on to become a Pulitzer prize-winning poet and translator.

A graduate from the University of Evansville, Indiana in 1944, Mueller taught at the University of Chicago, Elmhurst College in Illinois, and Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont and Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. She also translated books and wrote literary criticism for the Chicago Daily News and Poetry magazine.

Mueller was a founding member of the Poetry Center of Chicago.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """The Private Life"""

-- *Lamont Poetry Selection, Academy of American Poets, 1975


-- """The Need to Hold Still"""

-- *National Book Award for Poetry, 1981


-- """Alive Together: New & Selected Poems"""

-- *Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 1997


-- """Waving from Shore"""

-- *Carl Sandburg Award,1990


-- """Other Awards:"""

-- *Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, Poetry magazine, 2002

-- *Order of Merit, Federal Republic of Germany, 2019