Roger Sween Revealed

May 27, 2013

Based on Author Revealed at Simon & Schuster (

I discovered the source by looking up Jonah Winter, whose poem was credited as a base for another poet in the May 2013 issue of Poetry Magazine. Winter’s responses were zany, I would say, and I wondered how I would respond to similarly phrased profile categories.

Birthdate: 2 May 1940.

Occupations: paperboy, snow shoveling, baby-sitter, student library aide, school librarian, serials librarian, reference librarian, library science instructor, head public librarian, interlibrary loan coordinator, information broker, state library consultant and grant administrator = adult educator and lifetime learner.

Favorite job: planning for Governor’s pre-White House Conference on Library and Information Services.

Education: Granite Falls (MN) Public Schools, Saint Olaf College, University of Wisconsin (M.A.L.S.), University of Iowa (American intellectual history), Western Michigan University (library specialist courses).

Learning: lifetime reader of literature, history, philosophy, theory, social issues, and cultural studies.

Favorites: Shakespeare (poetry), J.S. Bach (music), Vermeer (painting), Slaves of New York (movie), Masterpiece Classic (television).

Life in Brief: As I never know enough, ignorance humbles me.

My prompt: How far we have not come.

Perfect happiness: Every fresh morning comes close.

Greatest fear: Lack of completion.

Choice of place: Right here.

Historical identification: Montaigne.

Most admired living person: Nelson Mandela.

Most overused word: is

Regret: procrastination

Talent desired: Able to sing from the diaphragm.

Greatest achievement: Helping to bring freedom to marry to Minnesota.

Greatest flaw: Naïveté.

Best quality: Empathy.

Who would you rather be: No one else.

Most noticeable trait: Seriousness.

Favorite fictional hero: Mike the Computer (Adam Selene) in The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress.

Favorite fiction villain: I prefer heroes.

What would you say to a chosen historical character. The prophet Deborah: “How did you gain a leadership position in a man’s world?”

Pet peeve: Noise.

Favorite other occupation: Landscaping.

Fantasy profession? Orchestra conducting.

Three personal qualities most important: Curiosity, persistence, judgment.

One thing you would eat for the rest of your days: I do like baked potatoes.

Five favorite songs: Define songs.

Favorite authors: Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert A. Heinlein, J. M. Coetzee, Robert Penn Warren, Penelope Lively.

A book you love to reread: Bible (NRSV).

Five favorite books: The Dispossessed, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, The Lord of the Rings, All the King’s Men, The Photograph.

Advice for new writers: Be critical, but confident.

Most frequent reader’s comment: “This is a lot of work.”


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