Connie Wanek was born in 1952 in Madison, Wisconsin. She is the author of two books of poems, Bonfire, (New Rivers Press in 1997), and the new Hartley Field, (Holy Cow! Press in 2002). Bonfire won the New Rivers Press Minnesota Voices Competition and was a finalist for both the Minnesota Book Award and the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award.
Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Quarterly West, and many other publications. She has received fellowships and support from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council and The Jerome Foundation, and won the 1998 Willow Poetry Prize.
Connie Wanek lives in Duluth, Minnesota.