6 questions we always ask: Connie Wanek, poet

The quest to feature as many MN Book Award nominees before the April 16 ceremony marches on! You can play along at home, and watch as a link to each author’s answers are added to this post

I’ve mentioned before that I there’s probably something in the water up in Duluth. I swear they might have more author per capita than any other city on the planet (someone should figure this out). Take that Brooklyn!

Today we’re featuring Connie Wanek, who was born in Wisconsin but calls Duluth home (go read the biography on her website, it’s interesting). Connie is the author of three books of poetry. Her most recent one, On Speaking Terms has been nominated for a MN Book Award in the poetry category.

Here’s her answers to the six questions we always ask.

What book(s) are you currently reading?
I’m reading Gryphon, Charles Baxter’s new book. It’s terrific!

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character? Who?
Of course! Prince Andrei in War and Peace.

If your favorite author came to Minnesota, who would it be and what bar would you take him/her to?
Many of my favorite authors have been dead for decades, but if Wislawa Szymborska will come to Duluth, I will be glad to take her walking in Hartley Field, as I don’t go to bars.

What was your first favorite book?
The Black Stallion was my favorite. Then I read The Island Stallion.

Let’s say Fahrenheit 451 comes to life, which book would you become in order to save it from annihilation?
The Complete Poems of Elizabeth Bishop.

What is one book you haven’t read but want to read before you die?
I wanted to read Remembrance of Things Pastbut now I have to read In Search of Lost Time.

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