John Frederick Nims

John Frederick Nims (November 20, 1913 in Muskegon, Michigan – January 13, 1999 in Chicago, Illinois) was an American poet and academic.


He graduated from DePaul University, University of Notre Dame with an M.A., and from the University of Chicago with a Ph.D. in 1945. He published reviews of the works by Robert Lowell and W. S. Merwin. He taught English at Harvard University, the University of Florence, the University of Toronto, Williams College, University of Missouri, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

He was editor of Poetry magazine from 1978 to 1984.[1]

The John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize, for poetry translation, is awarded by the Poetry Foundation.[2]



  • The Powers Of Heaven And Earth: New And Selected Poems (Louisiana State University Press, 2002)
  • Western wind. Random House. 1992. ISBN 978-0-07-046574-9.
  • Zany in Denim (University of Arkansas Press, 1990)
  • The Six-Cornered Snowflake and Other Poems. New Directions Publishing. 1990. ISBN 978-0-8112-1143-7. John Frederick Nims., selected for the New York Public Library's Ninety from the Nineties.
  • The Kiss: A Jambalaya (1982)
  • Selected poems. University of Chicago Press. 1982. ISBN 978-0-226-58118-7.
  • Of Flesh and Bone (1967)
  • Knowledge of the Evening (1960), which was nominated for a National Book Award
  • A Fountain in Kentucky (1950)
  • The Iron Pastoral. William Sloane Associates. 1947.
  • Five Young American Poets (1944)






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