Hannah Weiner

Hannah Adelle Weiner (November 4, 1928 – September 11, 1997) was an American poet who is often grouped with the Language poets because of the prominent place she assumed in the poetics of that group. In the early 1970s, Weiner began writing a series of journals that were partly the result of her experiments with clairvoyant or automatic writing and partly a result of her schizophrenia. She influenced a number of the Language poets and was included in the In the American Tree anthology of Language poetry. Beginning with Little Books/Indians (1980) and Spoke (1984) Weiner’s work engaged with Native American politics, particularly the American Indian Movement and the case of imprisoned activist Leonard Peltier. Interest in Weiner continues into the 21st century with the publication of Hannah Weiner’s Open House (2007).