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John Ciardi, American poet. Recipient Avery Hopwood award in Poetry, 1939, Blumenthal prize Poetry magazine, 1944, Eunice Tietjens award, 1945, Levinson prize, 1947, Harriet Monroe Memorial award, 1955, Prix de Rome; American Academy Arts and Letters, 1956.


Ciardi, John was born on June 24, 1916 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Carmin and Concetta (di Benedictis) Ciardi.


Student, Bates College, 1936. AB magna cum laude, Tufts University, 1938. Doctor of Literature, Tufts University, 1960.

Master of Arts, University Michigan, 1939. HD, Wayne University, 1963. Doctor of Laws, Ursinus College, 1964.

Doctor of Humane Letters, Kalamazoo College, 1964. Doctor of Humane Letters, Bates College, 1970. Doctor of Humane Letters, Washington University, 1971.

Doctor of Humane Letters, Ohio Wesleyan College, 1971. Doctor of Humane Letters, Kean University, 1975. Doctor of Humane Letters, University Missouri, Kansas City, 1983.


Instructor English, U. Kansas City, 1940-1942, 46;instructor, Harvard, 1946-1948;Briggs Copeland assistant professor, Harvard, 1948-1953;lecturer American poetry, Salzburg Seminar in American Studies, 1951;staff lecturer poetry, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, 1947-1973;director, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, 1955-1972;lecturer English, Rutgers University, 1953-1954;associate Professor of English, Rutgers University, 1954-1956;Professor of English, Rutgers University, 1956-1961.



Served with United States Army Air Force, 1942-1945. Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences, National Institute Arts and Letters. Member National College English Association (director 1955-1957, president 1958-1959), Northeast College English Association (past director), Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Myra Judith Hostetter, July 28, 1946. Children: Myra Judith, John Lyle, Benn.

Carmin Ciardi

Concetta (di Benedictis) Ciardi

Myra Judith Hostetter

Myra Judith Ciardi

John Lyle Ciardi

Benn Ciardi