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John Wieners Papers

Identifier: 1986-0010

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence and a small amount of manuscripts. The bulk of the materials are those assembled by Raymond Foye in the course of editing Wieners' Selected Poems, 1958-1984 (Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1986). These files include correspondence with Wieners and others (1984-1985) and Allen Ginsberg>'s working manuscripts for the book's foreword.


  • Creation: 1958-1986


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from the owner(s) of the copyright.


Born in Boston, Massachusetts, 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>.


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Born in 1934, near Boston, John Wieners studied at Black Mountain College from 1955-1956. An associate of the San Francisco and Beat Writers, he is an American poet and gay activist.

Acquisition Information

The collection was purchased by the University of Connecticut from various individuals from 1976 through 1986.

John Wieners Papers
Archives & Special Collections staff
1999 September
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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