Connie Wanek

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Connie Wanek
Born (1952-06-01) June 1, 1952 (age 65)
Madison, Wisconsin
Occupation Poet
Years active 1997-present

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. She now divides her time between Minnesota and New Mexico.[1][2]

Her work appeared in Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Quarterly West, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner,[3] Missouri Review,[4]

She has published four books of poetry, one book of short prose, 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.[5]


  • 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



  • Joyce Sutphen, Thom Tammaro, Connie Wanek, eds. (2006). To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets from Pre-Territorial Days to the Present. New Rivers Press. ISBN 978-0-89823-232-5. 
  • Billy Collins, ed. (2003). Poetry 180: a turning back to poetry. Random House Trade Paperbacks. ISBN 978-0-8129-6887-3. 


  1. ^ "Connie Wanek". Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  2. ^ "Connie Wanek Poems, Biography and Quotes - by American Poems". Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  3. ^ The Prairie Schooner. 1979-01-01. 
  4. ^ The Missouri Review. Department of English of University of Missouri--Columbia. 2000-01-01. 
  5. ^[permanent dead link]

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