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John Holmes

poet , educator.

John Holmes, American poet, educator. Member New England Poetry.


Holmes, John was born on January 6, 1904 in Somerville, Massachusetts, United States. Son of John Albert and Mary Florence (Murdock) Holmes.


Bachelor of Science, Tufts College, 1929. Student Harvard, 1929-1930.


June 1947); 1 son, John Ludlow. Married second, Doris Vivian Kirk, June 12, 1948. Children—Evan Kirk, Margaret Nash.

Instructor English, Lafayette College, 1930-1932. Instructor English, Tufts College, 1934-1939. assistant professor, 1939-1950, associate professor, 1959-1960, and professor, since 1961. Also poetry critic Boston Evening Transcript.

Reviewer for New York Times, Poetry, Atlantic Monthly. Staff U. N.H. Writers Conference, 1940-1947, since 1954. Director Chautauqua Writers Workshop, 1947-1952.

Director Tufts College Writers Workshop, since 1952. PBK poet Tufts U., 1935, 60, Brown U., 1950, William and Mary College, 1955, Harvard, 1956.


  • Author: Address to the Living, 1937. Fair Warning, 1939

  • The Poet’s Work, 1939. Map of My Country, 1943.

    Little Treasury of Love Poems, 1950. A Complete College Reader, 1950. The Double Root, 1950.

    The Symbols, 1955

  • Writing Poetry, 1960. The Fortune Teller, 1961. Contributor to nat. mags.


Member New England Poetry.


Married Sara Frances Ludlow, August 8, 1934 (deceased.; married second, Doris Vivian Kirk, June 12, 1948. Children: Evan Kirk, Margaret Nash.

John Albert Holmes

Mary Florence (Murdock) Holmes

Sara Frances Ludlow

Doris Vivian Kirk

Evan Kirk Holmes

Margaret Nash Holmes