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John Woods (July 12, 1926 - June 15, 1995) was an American poet born in Martinsville, Indiana[1]. He is the author of nine full-length collections of poetry. His poems have appeared widely in literary journals, including the Atlantic Monthly, Kenyon Review, Poetry, and Poetry Northwest.

After spending 1944-46 in the U.S. Army Air Force[2], Woods studied English at Indiana University, receiving a B.A. in 1949 and a M.A. in 1954[3]. He also attended the Iowa Writers Workshop for graduate study[4]. He served as an instructor of English and creative writing at Western Michigan University, starting as an assistant professor in 1955 and retiring in 1992. His papers and working library were donated to the Western Michigan University Libraries and are held by Special Collections[5].

The John Woods Scholarship offered by Western Michigan University's Prague Summer Program is named in his honor.[6]



The Deaths at Paragon, Indiana (Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1955)
On the Morning of Color (Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1961)
The Cutting Edge (Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1966)
The Knees of Widows: five poems (Issue 3 of Westigan Review Broadsheet, 1971)
Keeping out of Trouble (Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1968)
Turning to look back : poems, 1955-1970 (Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1972)
Bone Flicker (La Crosse, Wis. : Northeast/Juniper Books, 1973)
Striking the Earth (Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1976)
Thirty Years on the Force (La Crosse, Wis. : Northeast/Juniper Books, 1977)
The Night of the Game, and four other poems : chapbook (Bloomington, Ind. : Raintree Press, 1982)
The Valley of Minor Animals : poems (Seattle, Wash. : Dragon Gate, 1982)
The Salt Stone : selected poems (Seattle, Wash. : Dragon Gate, 1985)
Black Marigolds (Gainesville, Fla. : University Press of Florida, 1994)


  1. Woods, p. 2
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Contemporary Authors Online, 2001
  3. Woods 1984, p. 2
  4. Delp, Hilberry, Kearns 2000 p. 358
  5. John Woods Poetry Collection at Western Michigan University
  6. Prague Summer Program: John Woods Scholarship and Fellowships
  7. Woods 1984, p. 5
  8. Awards: Distinguished Faculty Scholar Recipients since 1978

Category:1995 deaths Category:1926 births

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