Robert Siegel (author)

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Robert Siegel
Born 18 August 1939
Oak Park, Illinois, Illinois, United States
Died 20 December 2012
South Berwick, Maine
Occupation poet, novelist
Nationality American
Period 1973–2012
Genre poetry, children's literature, YA Fiction
Subject nature, mythology, spirituality
Notable works The Waters Under the Earth (poems); Whalesong (children's novel)

Robert Harold Siegel (born 18 August 1939 in Oak Park, Illinois; died 20 December 2012 in South Berwick, Maine[1]) was an American poet and novelist. He wrote four books of poetry and five children's novels.

Life and career[edit]

Siegel graduated from Wheaton College in 1961, and received an MA in writing from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in English literature from Harvard University. Siegel was a professor at Dartmouth College, Princeton University, and Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, and directed the graduate creative writing program for 23 years at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee where he was professor emeritus of English until his death. His poetry has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, Poetry, Transatlantic Review, and has been nominated twice for The Pushcart Prize for Poetry. His children's fiction includes the award-winning Whalesong[2] trilogy, which has been translated into seven languages.

He lived in Maine, where he died of cancer in December 2012.[1]

List of works[edit]


  • 1973 "The Beasts & The Elders"
  • 1980 "In a Pig's Eye"
  • 2005 "The Waters Under the Earth"
  • 2006 "A Pentecost of Finches: New and Selected Poems"
  • 2013 "Within This Tree of Bones: New and Selected Poems"

Children's Literature:

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Obituary for Robert Harold Siegel,, access date 24 July 2014
  2. ^ "Wisconsin's Golden Archer Award:Winners". Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association. Archived from the original on 24 July 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2010.