Constance E. Studer

Poet, Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

730 Copper Lane #108
Louisville, CO 80027
(303) 945-1296

Author's Bio

Constance Studer worked as a registered nurse many years, primarily in ICU-CCU and as a hospital supervisor. She received a diploma from the Toledo Hospital School of Nursing, earned a BA in English Literature from Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois and a MA in English Literature/Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder. After retiring from nursing due to disability, she has devoted her time to reading and writing. She lived in the Netherlands for four years and has published translations of Dutch poetry. She has published two books: Prayer to a Purple God, Mellen Poetry Press, 1996, 2004, and Body Language: First Of All Do No Harm, (creative nonfiction) Purdue University Press, 2009. Her collection of short stories, Queen of the Sugarhouse, will be released June 1, 2021 by Atmosphere Press.



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Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Body Language:First Of All Do No Harm (Purdue University Press, 2009)
Prayer To A Purple God (Mellen Poetry Press, 2004)
International Journal of Healthcare and Humanities


Queen of the Sugarhouse (Atmosphere Press, 2021)
American Journal of Nursing
Birmingham Poetry Review
Bloomsbury Review
Blue Buildings
Calapooya Collage
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Carquinez Poetry Review
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Cumberland Poetry Review
Devil's Millhopper
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Eleventh Muse
Georgia State University Review
High Plains Literary Review
Minnesota Review
Mochila Review
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Sanskrit Review
Sing Heavenly Muse!
Slab Literary Review
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The Poetry of Nursing (Kent State University Press, 2006)
Intensive Care (University of Iowa Press, 2003)
The Age of Koestler (Practices of the Wind, 1994)
We Speak For Peace (Knowledge, Ideas & Trends Inc., 1993)
Prairie Smoke: The Pueblo Poetry Project 1979-1989 (University of South Colorado Press, 1990)
Wingbone: Poetry From Colorado (Sudden Jungle Press, 1987)
Toward Solomon's Mountain: The Experience of Disability in Poetry (Temple University Press, 1986)
Hyperion: Black Sun, New Moon (Carolina Wren Press, 1980)
Practices of the Wind (Practices of the Wind, 1980)
Prizes won: 


Mary Wade Seybold Prize in English Literature and writing at Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois: won 1970 and 1971.

Winner of the Ann Woodbury Hafen Prize, given by the Poetry Society of Colorado, 1977.

Teaching assistant grants, taught two sections of Introduction to Creative Writing at the Univeresity of Colorado, Boulder,1978-1979 and 1979 to 1980.

The Eleventh Muse, First Place winner of their contest, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, 1987.

Finalist in the Nimrod Poetry Contest, Tulsa Council on the Arts and Humanities, 1986.

Embers, First Place winner of their contest, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, 1987.

Arts and Assembly of Boulder Grant, Boulder, Colorado, 1988.

Writer's residency at Ucross Foundation, four weeks, Clearmont, Wyoming, 1988.

Neodata Foundation, received a writing grant, 1990.

Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, New York, New York, Katherine Sharp Rachlis Memorial Grant, 1990.

Writer's residency at Hedgebrook Cottages, six weeks, Langley, Washington, 1992.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, Cortney Davis, Virginia Wolf, Charlotte Bronte, Alice Walker, Ralph Ellison, Sherwin Nuland, William Carlos Williams, Joseph Campbell, Margaret Atwood, Laurie Garrett, Adrienne Rich, Anne Sexton, Tracy Kidder, Isabel Allende, and many more.
What I'm reading now: 
A Promised Land by Barack Obama, Passiflora (poems) by Kathy Davis

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Born in: 
Lodi, OH
Raised in: 
Whitehouse, OH
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Last update: May 02, 2021