Constance Studer


Constance Studer draws upon her twenty years’
experience as a registered nurse in her book, Body Language, which will be published by Purdue University Press. She worked eight years in Intensive Care-Coronary Care and two years as a nursing supervisor. She earned her M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder and taught creative writing for two years in Continuing Education, University of Colorado, Boulder. She has published poems, essays and short stories in High Plains Literary Review, North Dakota Quarterly, The Mochila Review, Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine, among many others. She has enjoyed writer’s residencies from the Ucross Foundation, the Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute and Hedgebrook Cottages. In addition, she has received writing grants from the Arts and Humanities Assembly of Boulder, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and the Neodata Endowment for the Arts and Humanities. Her book of poetry, Prayer To A Purple God, was published in 1996 and reissued in hardback in 2004.

Selected Works

Creative nonfiction-Essays
Body Language: First of All Do No Harm
Body Language is a wake-up call to American medical professionals to rethink the Hippocratic dictum: "First of all, do no harm." Studer uses her family's stories to illustrate larger ethical dilemmas in which modern medicine is embroiled. Medical treatments are given with the presumption they will help, but her father's prefrontal lobotomy caused irreversible brain damage. Studer's Hepatitis B immunization caused systemic lupus. There are studies showing a link between the autism epidemic and the use of thimerosol as a preservative in vaccine preparation.
Prayer To A Purple God
"These are sharp-edged, dark poems that speak a dangerous truth about the health of humans in these hard times of our earth. They reflect the changed landscape, the changed life of the body of woman, the body of God, the body of this land with its newly hazardous terrain. Yet there is light here, water, air, prairie grasses, and heart. These are poems to pay attention to, about what it means when health slips like a ring from earth's finger."
--Linda Hogan, author of Solar Storms, Dwellings, A Spiritual History of the Living World and The Book of Medicines.


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