Connie Wanek

(1952 -- / Madison, Wisconsin)

Biography of Connie Wanek

Connie Wanek poet

Connie Wanek is an American poet.


She was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico. In 1989 she moved with her family to Duluth, Minnesota where she now lives.

Her work appeared in Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Quarterly West, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner and Missouri Review.

She has published three books of poetry, and served as co-editor of the comprehensive historical anthology of Minnesota women poets, called To Sing Along the Way (New Rivers Press, 2006). Ted Kooser, Poet Laureate of the United States (2004–2006), named her a Witter Bynner Fellow of the Library of Congress for 2006.


Willow Poetry Prize
Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize.
2006 Witter Bynner Fellowship of the Library of Congress by United States Poet Laureate Ted Kooser.
2009 George Morrison Artist of the Year

Connie Wanek's Works:

"Leftovers", Narrative, Winter 2008
"Hartley Field". Poetry. August 2001.
"Lipstick". The Atlantic Monthly. November 2004.
Hartley Field: poems. Holy Cow! Press
Bonfire: poems. New Rivers Press. 1997
On Speaking Terms. Copper Canyon Press


Joyce Sutphen, Thom Tammaro, Connie Wanek, ed. (2006). To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets from Pre-Territorial Days to the Present. New Rivers Press
Billy Collins, ed. (2003). Poetry 180: a turning back to poetry. Random House Trade Paperbacks

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Jump Rope

There is menace
in its relentless course, round and round,
describing an ellipsoid,
an airy prison in which a young girl
is incarcerated.

Whom will she marry? Whom will she love?
The rope, like a snake,
has the gift of divination,

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