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Helga Sandburg

Helga Sandburg, American author. Recipient Virginia Quarterly Review prize for best short story, 1959, Borestone Mountain poetry award, 1962, Poetry award Chicago Tribune, 1970; 2d prize 7th Annual Kansas Poetry Contest, Florence Roberts Head Ohioana Book award, 1990; grantee Finnish American Society and Svenska Institute, 1961.

Background

  • Sandburg, Helga was born on November 24, 1918 in Maywood, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Carl and Lilian (Steichen) Sandburg.

  • Education

    • Student, Michigan State College, 1940. Student, University Chicago, 1940.

    Career

    • Dairy goat breeder, also personal secretary to father, 1944-1951. Secretary manuscripts div., also for keeper of collections Library of Congress, 1952-1956. Administrative assistant for papers of Woodrow Wilson, 1958-1959.

      Writer, lecturer, since 1957.

    Works

    • The Wheel of Earth
    • The story of Ellen Gaddy whose courage fortified by innocence make her one of the most appealing and refreshing heroines of current fiction.
    • The Age of the Flower: Poems
    • This latest collection of personal and autobiographical poems by Helga Sandburg includes new works as well as many previously published.
    • The Age of the Flower: Poems
    • This latest collection of personal and autobiographical poems by Helga Sandburg includes new works as well as many previously published.

    Membership

    Member Authors Guild, Poetry Society, American Milk Goat Record Association, American-Scandinavian Foundation, National Nubian Club, Council Save the Dunes, American Luxembourg Society, Academy American Poets.

    Connections

    • Married George Crile, Junior, November 9, 1963. Children by previous marriage: John Carl Steichen, Paula Steichen Polega.
    • father: Carl Sandburg
    • mother: Lilian (Steichen) Sandburg
    • spouse: George Crile
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    Born November 24, 1918
    Nationality
    • 1940
      Michigan State College
    • 1940
      University Chicago
    • 1952 - 1956
      secretary, manuscripts division
    • 1957
      writer
    • 1957
      lecturer
    • 1958 - 1959
      administrative assistant, for papers of Woodrow Wilson