Paul Engle (October 12, 1908 – March 22, 1991) was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, served as director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, 1941-1965, and co-founded the University of Iowa International Writing Program in 1967 with his future wife, Nien Hualing. In 1976 he and Hualing were nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Each year the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature presents the Paul Engle Prize to an author who, like Paul Engle, represents a pioneering spirit in the world of literature through writing, editing, publishing, or teaching and whose active participation in the larger issues of the day has contributed to the betterment of the world through the literary arts.
Engle is a well- regarded poet, playwright, essayist, editor and critic. From 1954 to 1959, Engle served as series editor for O Henry Prize.
- Worn Earth, Yale University Press, 1932.
- American Song, Doubleday, 1934, reprinted, AMS Press, 1979.
- Break the Heart's Anger, Doubleday, 1936.
- Corn, Doubleday, 1939.
- New Englanders, Prairie Press (Muscatine, IA), 1940.
- West of Midnight, Random House, 1941.
- American Child: A Sonnet Sequence, Random House, 1945
- revised and enlarged edition published as American Child: Sonnets for My Daughter, Dial, 1956.
- The Word of Love, Random House, 1951.
- Book and Child: Three Sonnets, Cummington Press (Iowa City, IA), 1956.
- Poems in Praise, Random House, 1959.
- Christmas Poems, privately printed, 1962.
- A Woman Unashamed and Other Poems, Random House, 1965.
- Embrace: Selected Love Poems', Random House, 1969.
- Images of China: Poems Written in China, April–June, 1980, preface by Hualing Nieh, New World Press (Beijing), 1981.
- Always the Land (novel), Random House, 1941.
- A Prairie Christmas (nonfiction), Longmans, Green, 1960.
- Golden Child (novel), Dutton, 1962.
- Who's Afraid?, Crowell-Collier, 1962.
- An Old-Fashioned Christmas, Dial, 1964.
- Women in the American Revolution, Follett, 1976.
- A Lucky American Childhood. foreword Albert E. Stone. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press. 1996. ISBN 978-1-58729-636-9.