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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John Fredrick Nims  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: November 20, 1913 in Muskegon, Michigan

Died: January 13, 1999 in Chicago, Illinois


-- John Frederick Nims on Poets.org -- http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/687
-- Website -- http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/687
-- John Fredrick Nims on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=john++fredrick+nims


Illinois Connection

Nims lived in Chicago from 1961 - 1973. In 1976, he returned to Chicago and in 1982, he started spending his winters in Gainesville, Florida. He continued living in Chicago until his death in 1999.

Biographical and Professional Information

John Frederick Nims was born in Muskegon, Michigan. He was educated at DePaul University, the University of Notre Dame - where he met his wife, Bonnie Larkin Nims. He received his Ph.D in 1945 from the University of Chicago. By that time, he had already distinguished himself as a poet and critic. Nims was a Goodwill Ambassador in Europe for the United States and he and his wife resided in Chicago upon their return to the States in 1961. In 1973, John and Bonnie moved to Gainesville, Florida so that John could be a visiting professor at the University of Florida. They returned to Chicago in 1976 and Nims was an editor of ''Poetry'' magazine from 1978 to 1984. While spending winters in Gainesville, Florida after 1982, John continued to live in Chicago until his death in 1999.


Published Works

  • The Iron Pastoral, Sloane, 1947
  • A Fountain in Kentucky, Sloane, 1950
  • Of Flesh and Bones, Rutgers University Press, 1967
  • Western Wind An Introduction to Poetry, Random House, 1983
  • A Local Habitation Essays on Poetry, University of Michigan Press, 1985
  • The Six-Cornered Snowflake, New Directions, 1990
  • Zany in Denim, University of Arkansas Press, 1990
  • The Power of Heaven and Earth New and Selected Poems, Louisiana State University Press, 2002


Selected Titles At Your Library

Western wind :
ISBN: 0072819596. OCLC Number:

McGraw-Hill,. Boston, Mass. :. ©2006.

WESTERN WIND is an introduction to the elements of craft that make poetry sing, a superior anthology of classic and contemporary poetry, and a guide for students to poetics, writing about poetry, and critical theory.

A local habitation :
ISBN: 0472063561. OCLC Number:

University of Michigan Press,. Ann Arbor :. ©1985.

Zany in denim /
ISBN: 1557281548. OCLC Number:

University of Arkansas Press,. Fayetteville :. 1990.

The powers of heaven and earth :
ISBN: 0807128260. OCLC Number:

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