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American Pulitzer Prize winning poet and educator. Donald Justice ( � 20) was born in Miami, Florida, the son of an itinerant carpenter. Despite the Depression and his near-poor parents, he was given piano lessons. After graduating from Andrew Jackson High School, he pursued his interest in music by attended the University of Miami where he at first studied musical composition with composer Carl Ruggles, but graduated in with a degree in English. He then briefly moved to New York City, subsisting on odd jobs before obtaining an M.A. at the University of North Carolina in . After some unsatisfactory postgraduate study at Stanford University from to , he returned to Florida and served as an instructor at the University of Miami until . In he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa's program in creative writing, the Iowa Writers' Workshop. A Rockefeller award gave him a year's sojourn in Europe before teaching at University of Missouri (-) and Hamline University (-), and then returning to the Workshop until when he moved to Syracuse University until . He then taught at the University of California, Irvine (-), returning to University of Iowa from until , but with appearances at Princeton University () and the University of Virginia (). From until his retirement in , he taught at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Justice's first collection of poems, The Summer Anniversaries (), received the Academy's Lamont Poetry Selection award and was a National Book Award Finalist in . He was the author of nine other books of poetry including Departures () which was nominated for the National Book Award in , Selected Poems () for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in . His New and Selected Poems was a National Book Award Finalist in . Justice was awarded the Bollingen Prize in Poetry in , and the Lannan Literary Award in . His honors also included grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from to 20. His Collected Poems was nominated for the National Book Award in 20.
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