Monday, April 18, 7pm
Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis

Come celebrate the publication of Rival Gardens: New and Selected Poems by acclaimed Duluth poet Connie Wanek. A reception and book signing will follow the reading. The event is free and there is plenty of free parking. Sponsored by Literary Witnesses; co-sponsored by Rain Taxi and The Loft Literary Center.

Connie Wanek is the author of three previous books of poetry and the coeditor of the award-winning anthology To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets from Pre-territorial Days to the Present. She has been
 a Witter Bynner Fellow of the Library of Congress and was named George Morrison Artist of the Year, an honor given to a northern Minnesotan for contributions to the arts. In her hands, poetry is encountered in the waterways, landscapes, and winters of our region, and in the old roofs and darkened drawers of a home long uninhabited. Rival Gardens includes more than thirty unpublished poems, along with poems selected from her previous collections, all in Wanek’s unmistakable voice: plainspoken and elegant, unassuming and wise, observant and original.