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educator , poet

Donald Rodney Justice, American poet, educator. Rockefeller Foundation fellow in poetry, 1954, Ford Foundation fellow, 1964, Guggenheim Foundation fellow in poetry, 1976, Academy American Poets fellow, 1988; National Endowment for the Arts grantee, 1967, 73, 80, 89; recipient Pulitzer Prize in poetry for Selected Poems, 1980, Bollingen prize for poems, 1991, Lannan Literary award, 1996.


Justice, Donald Rodney was born on August 12, 1925 in Miami, Florida, United States. Son of Vascoe J. and Mary Ethel (Cook) Justice.


Bachelor, University Miami, 1945. Master of Arts, University North Carolina, 1947. Postgraduate, Stanford University, 1949.

Doctor of Philosophy, University Iowa, 1954.


Instructor English, U. Miami, 1947-1951; assistant professor, Hamline U., St. Paul, Minnesota, 1956-1957; lecturer, U. Iowa, 1957-1960; assistant professor, U. Iowa, 1960-1963; associate professor, U. Iowa, 1963-1966; professor, U. Iowa, 1971-1982; professor, Syracuse University, 1966-1970; professor, U. Florida, Gainesville, 1982-1992.



Member American Academy Arts and Letters, Academy American Poets (chancellor 1997).


Married Jean Catherine Ross, August 22, 1947. 1 son, Nathaniel Ross.

Vascoe J. Justice

Mary Ethel (Cook) Justice

Jean Catherine Ross