Nebraska Authors

Constance Merritt

Born 1966 Pine Bluff, AR (USA)

Merritt was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and educated at the Arkansas School for the Blind in Little Rock. She completed her Ph.D. program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and served as the Margaret Banister Writer-in-Residence at Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Virginia.

Places Lived

Pine Bluff, AR
Little Rock, AR
Sweet Briar, VA
Louisville, KY
Salt Lake City, UT
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Poetry


Poetry; Nebraska - Poets


Bachelor of Arts, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Master of Arts, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Ph.D. in Creative Writing, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, NE




John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 15 February 2001
Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, 1999


Ames reader, 2001


Protocol for Touch. 2000.
Constance Merritt Reads from her Poetry. 2001.
Blind Girl Grunt: The Selected Blues Lyrics and Other Poems. 2017.

Poems have appeared in: Phoebe, Anemone, The Higgenson Journal, Quarterly West, Callaloo, and Nebraska Humanities.

Constance Merritt's February 2001 Ames Reading Series presentation can be viewed here:

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