John Fredrick Nims

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General Information

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Name: John Fredrick Nims

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Born: November 20, 1913 in Muskegon, Michigan

Died: January 13, 1999 in Chicago, Illinois

Website: http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/687

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

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

The iron pastoral

ASIN: B0007DNA5C
Release Date: 1947


A fountain in Kentucky,: And other poems

ASIN: B0007E3KWE
Release Date: 1950


Of flesh and bones

ASIN: B0007EI1MS
Release Date: 1967


Western Wind: An Introduction to Poetry, 5th Edition

ISBN: 0072819596
Release Date: 2005-06-07

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The six-cornered snowflake

ASIN: B0006OWGO8
Release Date: 1991


Literary Awards

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External Links

John Fredrick Nims on WorldCat

John Fredrick Nims on Amazon

John Frederick Nims on Poets.org

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