6 questions we always ask — Tim Nolan, poet


If you pay close attention to the calendar, you know that poet Tim Nolan did a whole lot of reading all over town earlier this winter. He was supporting his first book of poetry, The Sound of It, published in October. Nolan’s poetry has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Nation, and Ploughshares. Plus, his work is often featured in Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac on NPR (you can take a look/listen to some Nolan’s poems here). Aside from being a published poet, Nolan is also a lawyer. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and their three children.

What book(s) are you currently reading?
Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney
edited by Dennis O’Driscoll. This is a very interesting, comprehensive literary autobiography accomplished by the skillful questioning of Dennis O’Driscoll.

John Lennon: The Life by Philip Norman, a very interesting biography of John Lennon.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character? Who?
Hedda Gabler gets to me…so desperate and passionate.

If you favorite author came to Minnesota, who would it be and what bar would you take him/her to?
I would take James Joyce to The Local.

What was your first favorite book?
One is Good, But Two Are Better by Louis Slobodkin, a picture book from 1956 that I read as a kid until it fell apart.

Let’s say Fahrenheit 451 comes to life, which book would you become in order to save it from annihilation?
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, although I’m not sure I’d be able to memorize all that.

What is one book you haven’t read but want to read before you die?
So many. Probably Don Quixote. I might settle for seeing an amateur production of “Man of La Mancha.”

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  1. FFJ 17.Feb.09 at 5:00 pm

    Hedda Gabler, picture books, William Shakespeare AND Man of La Mancha? Forget the poems, Tim Nolan is working my shit just with his six answers! Just kidding, I’ll read the poetry too.

  2. Carol Reid 28.Feb.14 at 3:02 pm

    If anyone wants to see Tim’s “first favorite book” and/or learn more about the great Louis Slobodkin, please check out our fan site at http://www.slobodkin.net. And if you’d like to leave a comment, see the last tab on the far right (little telephone icon). Enjoy!


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