WESTERN WIND teaches by example and provides an outstanding collection of classic and contemporary poems. The text also includes exercises, chapter summaries, games, diagrams, illustrations, and 4-color reproductions of great works of art.
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Born in Muskegon, Michigan, John Frederick Nims received his M.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Chicago. He has taught poetry and given workshops in poetry at Notre Dame, the University of Toronto, the University of Illinois at Urbana, Harvard University, Willialms College, the University of Florida, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the universities of Florence and Madrid and has been on the staff of many writers’ conferences, including the one at Bread Loaf, Vermont, where he taught for more than ten years. He is the author of eight books of poetry among them, The Iron Pastoral, Knowledge of the Evening (a National Book Award nominee), The Kiss: A Jambalaya, Zany in Denim, and The Six Cornered Snowflake—books that have brought him awards from The National Foundation of Arts and Humanities, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Brandeis University, which awarded him its Creative Arts Citation in Poetry. He has been the Phi Beta Kappa poet at the College of William and Mary and at Harvard University. He has also published several books of translations, including Sappho to Valery: Poems in Translation, The Poems of St. John of the Cross, and The Complete Poems of Michelangelo and edited The Harper Anthology of Poetry. Several times on the staff of Poetry (Chicago), he was its editor from 1978 to 1984. In 1982, he was awarded the Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets; in 1986, a Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry; in 1991, the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry.
David Mason grew up in Bellingham, Washington and has lived in Colorado, Alaska, New York, Pennsylvania and Greece. From 1989 to 1998, he taught at Moorhead State University, and he has since joined the faculty of his alma mater, The Colorado College. He received his doctorate from The University of Rochester. His two prize-winning collections of poems are The Buried Houses and The Country I Remember, both from Story Line Press. Chapbooks include Small Elegies and Land Without Grief. With Mark Jarman, he is co-editor of Rebel Angels: 25 Poets of the New Formalism. He has also published a book of essays, The Poetry of Life, and serves as an Advisory Editor for The Hudson Review. In 1997, he was a Fulbright Fellow to Greece. He is married to Anne Lennox, a photographer, and has a stepdaughter, Darcy.
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