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John Frederick Nims, American Writer, educator.


Nims, John Frederick was born on November 20, 1913 in Muskegon, Michigan, United States. Son of Frank McReynolds and Anne (McDonald) Nims.


Bachelor of Arts, Univercity Notre Dame, 1937; Master of Arts, University Notre Dame, 1939; Doctor of Philosophy, University Chicago, 1945.


Member faculty, U. Notre Dame, 1939-1945, 46-52, 54-58; Member faculty, U. Toronto, 1945-1946; Member faculty, Bocconi U., Milan, Italy, 1952-1953; Member faculty, U. Florence, Italy, 1953-1954; Member faculty, U. Madrid, 1958-1960; Member faculty, Harvard University, 1964, 68-69, summer 1974; Member faculty, University of Illinois-Urbana, 1961-1965; Member faculty, University of Illinois, at Chicago, 1965-1985; Member faculty, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, 1958-1971; Member faculty, Bread Loaf School English, 1965-1969; Member faculty, U. Florida, fall 1972, 73-77. Margaret Scott Bundy professor literature Williams College, fall 1975. Professor lit.Coll. of Charleston, spring 1981.

Member editorial board Poetry magazine, 1945-1948, visiting editor, 1960-1961, editor, 1978-1984. Phi Beta Kappa poet Harvard University, 1978. Cockefair chair U. Missouri, Kansas City, spring 1986.

Kilby consultant in poetry Wheaton (Illinois) College, fall 1988. Editorial advisor Princeton University Press, 1975-1982.


  • American Academy of Arts and Letters grantNational Foundation for the Arts and Humanities grantInstitute of the Humanities fellowship1982 Academy of American Poets fellowship1986 Guggenheim Fellowship 1991 Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry. 1993 O.B. Hardison Prize.



Married Bonnie Larkin, September 11, 1947. Children— John (deceased), Frank, George (deceased), Sarah Hoyt, Emily Anne.

Frank McReynolds Nims

Anne (McDonald) Nims

Bonnie Larkin

Frank Nims

John Nims (deceased)

Emily Anne Nims

Sarah Hoyt Nims

George Nims (deceased)