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Paul Engle (1908–1991) was the director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop for twenty-four years. In 1967, he and his wife, Chinese poet Hualing Nieh Engle, co-founded the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. They were nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for their work supporting international writers. Engle published more than a dozen poetry collections as well as a novel, a children’s book, and a full-length libretto. His memoir, A Lucky American Childhood, was published posthumously in 1996.
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