Wieners, John, 1934-2002

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Poet John Wieners was born in Boston on January 6, 1934. After graduating from Boston College in 1954, Wieners attended Black Mountain College from 1955-1956, studying under Charles Olson and Robert Duncan. He became associated with the Poet's Theatre in Cambridge, and his two one-act plays were produced by the New York Poet's Theatre and Judson Poets Theatre in New York. In 1957 he founded the poetry magazine, Measure, and in 1962 received the Poet's Foundation Award. Among his published books are The Hotel Wentley Poems (1958), Ace of Pentacles (1964), Pressed Wafer (1967), Asylum Poems (For my Father) (1969), Youth (1970), Nerves (1970), Selected Poems (1972), and Behind the State Capitol, Or Cincinnati Pike (1975).

From the guide to the John Wieners Papers, 1955-1970, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Poet.

From the description of John Wieners papers, 1958-1986. (University of Connecticut). WorldCat record id: 16693380

American poet.

From the description of Poetry manuscripts and photograph, [196-?]-1985. (University of California, San Diego). WorldCat record id: 18433598

From 1954, when American Beat poet John Wieners (1934-2002) graduated from Boston College with an A.B. in English, to 1970, when he published Nerves, Boston-born poet John Wieners was thoroughly immersed in the art, culture, and turmoil of the times.

From the description of John Wieners papers, 1961-1968. (University of Delaware Library). WorldCat record id: 608554000

Author, poet and playwright. Wieners was born in Milton, MA, and attended Boston College and Black Mountain College. He published several books of poetry and worked in theatre production. Wieners is active in a number of education cooperatives and political action committees.

From the description of Charles Olson-John Wieners Papers, 1952-1968. (Boston College). WorldCat record id: 33218392

Born in Boston, MA, on 6 January 1934, John Wieners is the son of Albert Eugene and Anna Elizabeth (Laffan) Wieners . He studied at Boston College (A.B., 1954) and attended Black Mountain College (1955-1956) and SUNY-Buffalo (1965-1969). Wieners was an actor and stage manager for the Poets Theatre in Boston, MA, in 1956 before establishing and editing the magazine, Measure (1957-1962). He has been a teacher at the Beacon Hill Free School in Boston since 1973. The author of over 25 books and three plays, Wieners has won awards from the Poets Foundation (1962), New Hope Foundations (1963), National Institute of Arts and Letters (1968) and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (1968-1969). A member of the Academy of American Poets, Wieners resides in Boston, MA .

From the guide to the John Wieners Papers., 1958-1986., (Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Center .)

From 1954, when American Beat poet John Wieners (1934–2002) graduated from Boston College with an A.B. in English, to 1970, when he published Nerves, Boston-born poet John Wieners was thoroughly immersed in the art, culture, and turmoil of the times. He spent 1955–1956 at Charles Olson's experimental Black Mountain College in North Carolina, studying writing with Robert Creeley and Robert Duncan. Wieners journeyed to San Francisco where he published his breakthrough Hotel Wentley Poems in 1958, at age twenty-four.

Wieners returned to Boston in 1959 to be institutionalized, in part because of drug abuse. In 1961 he moved to New York City with the help of a grant from Allen Ginsberg's Poetry Foundation. He worked as an assistant bookkeeper at the Eighth Street Bookshop from 1962–1963. Wieners went back to Boston in 1963 and worked as a subscriptions editor for Jordan Marsh department stores until 1965. In 1964 Robert Wilson, of The Phoenix Bookshop, published Wieners's second book, Ace Of Pentacles .

In 1965 Wieners moved west, spending time in Los Angeles and at the Berkeley Poetry Conference where he met up with his old friend, Charles Olson. Olson, then an endowed Chair of Poetics at S.U.N.Y. Buffalo, invited Wieners to enroll in the graduate program there, which is where he stayed until 1967. Pressed Wafer (1967) was published chronicling those years.

In 1967 Wieners's lover left him and went to Europe with a mentor of his, but not before aborting his child first. In late 1967 Wieners, back in Boston, resorted to further drink and drugs. In the spring of 1969 Wieners was again institutionalized, resulting in The Asylum Poems (For my Father), published later that year.

Wieners published Nerves in 1970, which contained his work from 1966 to 1970, including all of the Asylum Poems . In the early 1970s, despite brief periods of institutionalization, Wieners taught a course entitled "Verse in the U.S. Since 1955" at the Beacon Hill Free School in Boston. He was also involved in the antiwar movement, crusaded against racism, and campaigned for the rights of women and homosexuals.

In 1975 Wieners published Behind the State Capital, or Cincinnati Pike, a book of letters, memoirs, and brief lyric poems. After 1975, he published little new work and remained largely out of the public eye. In 1986 he produced a retrospective collection, Selected Poems, 1958-1984 with a forward written by Allen Ginsberg. In 1996 he appeared with Ed Sanders at Stone Soup in Boston for what would have been Jack Kerouac's 76th birthday celebration. Also in 1996, The Sun and Moon Press released an edited and previously unpublished diary and journal by Wieners documenting his life in San Francisco around the time of The Hotel Wentley Poems . The book, The Journal of John Wieners is to be called 707 Scott Street for Billie Holiday, 1959, contains prose, poetry, and assorted musings from Wieners at age twenty-four at the dawn of the Sixties.

Wieners died on March 1, 2002 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Two collections of poems, Kidnap Notes Next (2002) and A Book of Prophecies (2007), were published posthumously.

Raymond Foye, "John Wieners," Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 16. The Beats: Literary Bohemians in Postwar America . Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1983. pp. 572-583.

From the guide to the John Wieners papers, 1961–1968, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

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creatorOf John Wieners Papers., 1958-1986. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Center.
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referencedIn Photographs by and relating to Allen Ginsberg, 1926-1997 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
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Authors, American
American poetry
Poets, American
Poets, American
Poets, American
Berkson, Bill
Creeley, Robert, 1926-
Di Prima, Diane
Dorn, Edward
Dramatists, American
Fagin, Larry
Foye, Raymond, 1957-
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-
Kyger, Joanne
MacAdams, Lewis, 1944-
McNaughton, Duncan, 1942-
Meltzer, David
Radicalism
Rumaker, Michael, 1932-
Wieners, John, 1934- Poems. Selctions
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Poets
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Birth 1934

Birth 1934-01-06

Death 2002-03-01

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