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General Information

Name:  John Fredrick Nims  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Poetry

Born: November 20, 1913 in Muskegon, Michigan


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.

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