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In 1925, Donald Justice was born in Miami, Florida.
A graduate of the
University of Miami, he attended the universities of North Carolina, Stanford,
and Iowa. His books include New and Selected Poems (Alfred A. Knopf,
1995); A Donald Justice Reader (1991); The Sunset Maker (1987), a
collection of poems, stories and a memoir; Selected Poems (1979), for
which he won the Pulitzer Prize; Departures (1973); Night Light
(1967); and The Summer Anniversaries (1959), which received the
Academy's Lamont Poetry Selection.
He has held teaching positions at Syracuse
University, the University of California at Irvine, Princeton University, the
University of Virginia, and the University of Iowa, and from 1982 until his
retirement in 1992, he taught at the University of Florida, Gainesville.
the Bollingen Prize in Poetry in 1991 and has received grants in poetry from
the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National
Endowment for the Arts. He served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American
Poets from 1997 to 2003.
He lived with his wife, Jean Ross, in Iowa City, until his death on August 6, 2004.