Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and educated at the Arkansas School for the Blind in Little Rock, Constance Merritt holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Utah and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska, in Lincoln, where she currently resides.

Merritt is the recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations and an Academy of American Poets College Prize. Her first collection of poems, A Protocol for Touch, won the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry and was published this year. Judge Eleanor Wilner called her "a poet to defeat categories, to oppose 'the tyranny of names' with a poetry that sets its own terms of encounter...tender and austere, formal and intimate at once."


Poems by Constance Merritt

Cradle Song: A Found Poem


The Mother’s Seduction

Poetry Center Reading:

Fall 2000 (with Eleanor Wilner)