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."