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Wieners, John, 1934-2002



  • Existence: 1934 - 2002

Biographical Note

John Wieners was born in Milton, MA, in 1934, and attended Boston College and Black Mountain College, where he studied with Charles Olson and Robert Duncan and met Robert Creeley. From 1957-1959 he lived in San Francisco and was part of the San Francisco poetry renaissance. His first book, "Hotel Wentley Poems," was published in 1958, and several other well-regarded books of poetry followed. Wieners also founded the literary journal "Measure" and worked in theatre production. He died in Boston in 2002.

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John Wieners collection

Abstract The John Wieners collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, and ephemera of the American Beat poet John Wieners (1934-2002). The majority of the correspondence is to Wieners from his mentor Charles Olson, with a smaller amount from Wieners to his friend and fellow Boston College alumnus Robert W. Greene. Letters discuss Wieners's attendance at Black Mountain College, the poetry scenes in Boston and San Francisco, and other contemporary authors including Robin Blaser, Robert Creeley,...
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Collection is open for research.

Dates: 1952 - 2008; Majority of material found within 1953 - 1968