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John Fredrick Nims

Born: November 20, 1913 in Muskegon, Michigan
Died: January 13, 1999 in Chicago, Illinois

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: 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.

Biography: 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.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

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Selected Titles

A local habitation :
ISBN: 0472063561 OCLC: 11290901

University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor : ©1985.

The powers of heaven and earth :
ISBN: 0807128260 OCLC: 50292687

Western wind :
ISBN: 0072819596 OCLC: 56922439

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.

Zany in denim /
ISBN: 1557281548 OCLC: 20690329

University of Arkansas Press, Fayetteville : 1990.