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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, 1939-1940;student, University Chicago, 1940.

Career

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

Writer, lecturer, since 1957.

Works

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