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Lisel Mueller, German writer, poet. Recipient Pulitzer prize for poetry, National Book award for poetry, Carl Sandburg award, Ruth Lilly Poetry prize, 2002, Jacob Glatstein Memorial prize, Eunice Tietjens Memorial prize; National Education Association fellowship. Member of Poetry Center Chicago (founding member).


Mueller was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1924 and immigrated to America at the age of 15. Her father, Fritz C. Neumann, was a professor at Evansville College. Her mother died in 1953.


Bachelor in Sociology, University Evansville. Postgraduate, Indiana University.


"Though my family landed in the Midwest, we lived in urban or suburban environments," she once wrote. Mueller currently resides in a retirement community in Chicago. Her poems are extremely accessible, yet intricate and layered.

While at times whimsical and possessing a sly humor, there is an underlying sadness in much of her work. She graduated from the University of Evansville in 1944 and has taught at the University of Chicago, Elmhurst College in Illinois, and Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. Mueller has written book reviews for the Chicago Daily News.

"Poems by Lisel Mueller" Web page at Plagiarist.com\r\n"Another Version" and "Scenic Route".


  • Lamont Poetry Prize (1975) for The Private Life\r\nNational Book Award for Poetry (1981) for The Need to Hold Still\r\nPulitzer Prize for Poetry (1997) for Alive Together: New & Selected Poems\r\nCarl Sandburg Award\r\nNational Endowment for the Arts fellowship\r\nRuth Lilly Poetry Prize (2002).



Member of Poetry Center Chicago (founding member).