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Evanston bassist, guitarist and composer Dr. Karl E. H. Seigfreid has been awarded Best Religion Weblog 2014 for his website The Norse Mythology Blog. This is the third straight year his blog has won the top spot in the international Weblog Awards. Dr. Seigfried is the only religion writer to have a triple win, and his site is now the first religion blog to enter the Hall of Fame in the world’s longest-running blog awards.
In addition to his 20 years as a professional musician performing classical, jazz and rock music, Dr. Seigfried has established a second career writing about and teaching Norse mythology and religion. Since 2010, his blog has been a leading public resource featuring original articles on all aspects of Norse myth and interviews with artists, authors, musicians and religious leaders whose work is inspired by the ancient tales.
Dr. Seigfried’s Norse religion course at Carthage College was the first course on the subject in a U.S. college religion department. He has also taught Norse mythology at Loyola University Chicago and currently teaches for the Newberry Library Continuing Education Program.
His work centers on bringing historical research and current scholarship to a wider audience. He has been interviewed by The History Channel, Public Radio International’s The World, Viking Magazine and Strings Magazine. He has also been a featured writer and lecturer at the Joseph Campbell Foundation and the Wagner Society of America.