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Constance Merritt

Bio

Constance Merritt was born in 1966 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and studied at the Arkansas School for the Blind. She received a BA and MA from the University of Utah and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She is the author of the poetry collections Blind Girl Grunt: The Selected Blues Lyrics and Other Poems (Headmistress Press, 2017), a finalist for the 2018 Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Poetry; Two Rooms (Louisiana State University Press, 2009); Blessings and Inclemencies (Louisiana State University Press, 2007); and A Protocol for Touch (University of North Texas Press, 2000), winner of the Vassar Miller Prize. The poet Jillian Weise writes, “Constance Merritt shows incredible range—erotic poems to a wayward lover; blues lyrics so rhythmic I can nearly hear the guitar; and devotional poems that offer ‘this, you know, is love, is all, the end.’” Merritt served as the writer-in-residence at Sweet Briar College from 2003 to 2005. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Bibliography Blind Girl Grunt: The Selected Blues Lyrics and Other Poems (Headmistress Press, 2017) Two Rooms (Louisiana State University Press, 2009) Blessings and Inclemencies (Louisiana State University Press, 2007) A Protocol for Touch (University of North Texas Press, 2000)

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