Paal-Helge Haugen is an award-winning Norwegian lyricist, novelist, dramatist and children's writer.
Haugen was born in Valle, Setesdal, and studied medicine at the University of Oslo. During the period 1965-67, Haugen was a member of the editorial team of literary magazine Profile. He made his literary debut with Blad frÃ¥ ein austleg hage in 1965, a translation of Japanese haiku. It was shortly followed by PÃ¥ botnen av ein mÃ¸rk sommar in 1967, an adaptations of Chinese poems and his first collection of original poetry. Studies in film and literature took him to the United States in 1971. From 1973-1978 he taught creative writing in Norway. Since then Haugen has worked as a freelance writer.
Haugen has published eighteen volumes of poetry, including two volumes of selected poems and one of collected poems since 1967. His works have been translated into a 20th-century language. He has collaborated with numerous artists and both Norwegian and international composers. He has been chairman of the Norwegian National Film Selection, chairman of the Norwegian Authors Association Literary Council and deputy chairman of the Norwegian Playwrights' Association.