Bryan, Sharon, ed. Stand: Women Poets and the Literary Tradition. New York: W. W. Norton, 1993. Mueller’s essay “Parentage and Good Luck” appears in this collection and casts much light on the poet’s life and concerns.
Cruze, Karen DeBrulye. “Bringing It All Together.” Chicago Tribune, December 5, 1993, pp. 1-4. This feature provides insight into Mueller’s personal history through interviews with her, with her publisher at Louisiana State University Press, and with former students of Mueller.
Mueller, Lisel. “An Interview with Lisel Mueller.” Interview by Nancy Bunge. In Finding the Words: Interviews with Writers Who Teach, edited by Nancy Bunge. Athens, Ohio: Swallow Press, 1985. Bunge’s questions encourage Mueller to reflect on bilingualism, the arts of writing and teaching, and questions of ethics.
_______. “The Steady Interior Hum.” Interview by Stan Sanvel Rubin and William Heyden. In The Post-confessionals: Conversations with American Poets of the Eighties, edited by Earl G. Ingersoll, Judith Kitchen, and Rubin. Rutherford, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1989. Mueller discusses inspiration, metaphor, and translation.
Preston, Rohan B. “’Everything Is Autobiography’: Pulitzer Poet Lisel Mueller.” Chicago Tribune, April 11, 1997, p. 1. Written on the occasion of Mueller’s winning the Pulitzer Prize, this article calls her poetry “focused and accessible” and notes that it draws on her own life.
Solyn, Paul. “Lisel Mueller and the Idea of Midwestern Poetry.” In Regionalism and the Female Imagination: A Collection of Essays, edited by Emily Toth. New York: Human Sciences Press, 1985. Solyn takes issue with many points that Mueller makes in “Midwestern Poetry: Goodbye to All That.” Solyn is particularly disturbed by Mueller’s separation of rural and urban midwestern poets. Mueller does not believe that urban poets from large midwestern cities are distinctly different from other urban poets.