Hannah Weiner, née Finegold, was born in Providence, Rhode Island and attended Radcliffe College. She graduated in 1950 with a B.A. after writing a dissertation on Henry James. She moved to New York City and worked in publishing and at Bloomingdale's department store. She started writing poetry in the 1960s, and published her first collection, The Magritte Poems after René Magritte, in 1970. In the following years, she began writing a series of journals that were partly the result of experiments with automatic writing, which she called " clairvoyant poems." Her published works included Clairvoyant Journal (1973), Little Books/Indians (1980), Code Poems (1982), SPOKE (1984), The Fast (1992), and We Speak Silent (1996). Interest in her work continued after her death with the publication in 2007 of a collection called Hannah Weiner's Open House, edited by Patrick F. Durgin. She is often grouped with the avant garde group known as the Language poets.