Eleanor Wilner

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Eleanor Wilner
Born1937 Edit this on Wikidata (age 85)
OccupationPoet Edit this on Wikidata

Eleanor Rand Wilner (born 1937) is an American poet and editor.


Wilner obtained her bachelor's from Goucher College and her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.[1] Her graduate dissertation concerned the topic of imagination and was later published as Gathering the Winds: Visionary Imagination and Radical Transformation of Self and Society (1975).[2]

She was editor of The American Poetry Review and she is Advisory Editor of Calyx.[3] She has taught at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and Smith College. She is on the faculty of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College,[4] and lives in Philadelphia.

In 2019, she won the Robert Frost Medal, the Poetry Society of America's award for a "distinguished lifetime service to American poetry."

She has been active in civil rights and peace movements.



  • Shekhinah (poems), University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 1984. ISBN 978-0-226-90025-4
  • Sarah's Choice (poems). University of Chicago Press. 1989. ISBN 978-0-226-90028-5.
  • Otherwise (poems). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 1993. ISBN 978-0-226-90029-2.
  • Reversing the Spell: New and Selected Poems. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press. 1998. ISBN 978-1-55659-082-5.
  • The Girl with Bees in Her Hair (Copper Canyon Press, 2004)[5] ISBN 978-1-55659-203-4
  • Tourist in Hell (University of Chicago Press, 2010) ISBN 978-0-226-90032-2






  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-25. Retrieved 2009-12-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Eleanor Wilner : The Poetry Foundation". www.poetryfoundation.org. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  3. ^ "About Eleanor Wilner | Academy of American Poets".
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2009-12-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "The Girl with Bees in Her Hair by Eleanor Rand Wilner".

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