Born: June 24, 1916
Died: March 30, 1986
Occupation: Dramatist, poet, teacher, etymologist, translator
Biography: John Anthony Ciardi was an American poet, translator, and etymologist. While primarily known as a poet, he also translated Dante's Divine Comedy, wrote several volumes of children's poetry, pursued etymology, contributed to the Saturday Review as a columnist and long-time poetry editor, and directed the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in Vermont.