Karl E. H. Seigfried is a Chicago-based writer on mythology and religion. He teaches for Newberry Library’s Seminar Program and previously taught Norse mythology at Loyola University Chicago and Norse religion at Carthage College.
Karl’s website, The Norse Mythology Blog, was named the world’s Best Religion Weblog in 2012, 2013 and 2014. It features original articles and interviews and is the first religion blog to enter the Weblog Awards Hall of Fame. Karl wrote all definitions relating to Ásatrú (Norse religion) in the Religion Newswriters Association’s Religion Stylebook, and he was a co-author of the Heathen Resource Guide for Chaplains written by the Open Halls Project Workgroup for the U.S. Department of Defense.
Karl’s writing on mythology and religion has been broadcast on the BBC as part of a series featuring “leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.” His work has been published in Herdfeuer (Germany), Iceland Magazine, Interfaith Ramadan (Italy), MythNow (Joseph Campbell Foundation), On Religion (UK), Religion and Ethics (Australia) and Reykjavík Grapevine (Iceland).
Karl has been interviewed on myth and religion by the BBC, Daily Beast, History Channel, OnFaith, Public Radio International’s The World, Strings Magazine, Chicago Public Radio’s Morning Edition, Raven Radio, Viking Magazine and Wired Magazine. He has been a featured lecturer on literary and musical interpretations of Norse mythology at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Wagner Society of America and Wheaton College.
Karl holds degrees in literature and music from University of California at San Diego, University of Wisconsin at Madison and University of Texas at Austin. He studied literature and art history at Loyola University Chicago Rome Center in Italy and has taken Icelandic language courses through University of Iceland’s distance learning program. He recently received an academic scholarship from University of Chicago Divinity School and is now working on an MA in Religion.