Constance Studer


Published work

“Inscape,” South Dakota Review, Volume 45, Number 4, University of South Dakota, (April, 2008).

“Are You Okay? Yes, I’m Okay,” SLAB: Sound and Literary Art Book, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, (Spring, 2007).

“Dear Dr. Williams, Dear Poet,” “Hawk, Winter,” “Higher Learning,” “Rose” (four poems with accompanying essays on the creative process), The Poetry of Nursing, Judy Schaefer, Editor, (anthology) Kent State University Press. (January, 2006).

“Learning the Language,” Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine, De Anza College, National Edition, Volume 7:2006.

“Holy Socks,” North Dakota Quarterly, University of North Dakota, Volume 73, No. 3 (Summer, 2006).

“Solo,” The Mochila Review, Missouri Western State College, Vol. 7. (2005).

“Holy Socks,” Sanskrit Literary-Arts Magazine, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Vol. 36.

“Body Language,” American Journal of Nursing, Vol. 102, No. 1. (January, 2002).

Book Reviews

“I Knew A Woman,” (book review: book by Cortney Davis) Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature By Women, Vol. 21, No. 2. (Summer, 2003).

“I Knew A Woman,” (book review: book by Cortney Davis) Prairie Schooner, Vol. 78, No. 1. (Spring, 2004).

Short Stories

“The Isolation Room,” Crucible (40th Anniversary Issue), Vol. 40. (Fall, 2004).

“Shift,” Georgia State University Review, 2003.

“Queen of the Sugarhouse,” Thin Air Magazine, Vol. VII, No. 1 (Issue 12), 2003.

“Mercy,” Intensive Care: More Poetry and Prose by
, Cortney Davis and Judy Schaefer, Editors, (anthology) U. of Iowa Press. (2003).

“Think Beauty,” Westview: A Journal of Western Oklahoma, Vol. 23, No. 1. (Fall/Winter, 2003).

“Testament,” Ascent, (1990).


Colorado Poets Center, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley -- listed on their website, 5 poems, commentary on Prayer To a Purple God, Mellen Poetry Press, 1996, 2004 by Linda Hogan, James Grabill and Cortney Davis.

“Georgia Summer: The Weight of Peaches,” Cumberland Poetry Review, Vol. XXIII, No. 2. (Spring, 2004).

“Georgia Summer: The Weight of Peaches,” Carquinez Poetry Review, Vol. 2, Issue 2. (2004).

“Day Ten: Raft Headed To Open Sea,” Eclipse: A Literary Journal, Vol. 15. (Fall, 2004).

“Heart Shift,” “Winter Light,” The Minnesota Review: A Journal of Committed Writing, N.S, 58-60. (Fall, 2003).

The Age of Koestler, (anthology), 3 translations of Dutch poems, Practices of the Wind Press. (1994.)

“Shades of Truth,” We Speak For Peace, Ruth Harriet Jacobs, Editor, (anthology) Knowledge, Ideas and Trends (KIT). (1993).

“Frida Kahlo: What the Water Gave Me,” Sing Heavenly Muse!: Women’s Poetry and Prose, Issue No. 20, Women Working. (1992).

“Dear Dr. Williams, Dear Poet,” Zone 3, Vol. VI. (Winter, 1991.)

“Breakdown: Ohio Route 163,” “Independence Day,” “What The Body Remembers,” (poems), Birmingham Poetry Review, No. 7. (Fall/Winter, 1991).

“Song of Healing, Song of the Sea,” “Sirens Rise Like Blood Inside the Heart,” “Dear Dr. Williams, Dear Poet,” (poems), and “Transcendance: Thoughts on (Dis)-Ability” (essay), Kaleidoscope: International Magazine of Literature, Fine Arts, and Disability, No. 21. (Summer/Fall, 1990).

“Behind the Eyes,” Prairie Smoke: The Pueblo Poetry Project 1979-1989, Tony Moffeitt, Editor, (anthology) University of Southern Colorado Press. (1990).

“The Pair of Twins” - (Dutch translation) Poetry East. (1990).

“The Waiting Room,” Kaleidoscope: International
Magazine of Literature, Fine Arts, and Disability
, No. 20. (Winter/Spring, 1990).

“Insomnia,” The Eleventh Muse, Vol. 9, No. 2. (Fall, 1990 - won first place in Poetry West Contest; nominated for a Pushcart Prize).

“Transcendence: Thoughts on (Dis) Ability,” (essay), Kaleidoscope, 1990.

“Systole/Diastole,” Paris/Atlantic, International Magazine of Poetry, American University of Paris, No. 7. (Fall, 1990).

“Solar Eclipse,” “Sleeping Alone,” “To Hunt, To Become A Deer,” Calapooya Collage. (August, 1990).

“Emergency Room: A Fugue For Two Voices,” Balance: The Lifestyle Magazine for Women Physicians. (July/August, 1990).

“The Small Head Damp Against My Chest,” High Plains Literary Review. (August, 1989).

“Same Flesh, Same Bone” Cream City Review, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. (1989).

“Dark Circles,” “The Lines Of The Hand,” “Bondage,” “Covenant,” “Glass Eye,” “Called Real,” “Coma,” Newsletter Inago, Vol. 8, No. 7. (July, 1988).

“Frida Kahlo: What The Water Gave Me,” Earth’s
Daughters: A Feminist Arts Periodical
, No. 31/32.

“Climbing,” Kaleidoscope: International Magazine of Literature, Fine Arts, and Disability, No. 17.
(Summer/Fall, 1988).

“Wooden Leg,” Kaleidoscope: International Magazine of Literature, Fine Arts, and Disability, No. (Winter/Spring, 1988).

“Prayer To A Purple God,” “The Touch of Hands,”
(poems), Kaleidoscope: International Magazine of
Literature, Fine Arts, and Disability
, No. 14. (Winter/Spring, 1987).

“Bells,” (short story) Phoenix, (1987).

“After the Fire,” The Eleventh Muse, Vol. 6, No. 1. (Fall, 1987).

“The Patient’s Revenge,” Mediphors: A Literary Journal for the Health Professions, No. 12. (Fall/Winter, 1998).

“Systole/Diastole,” Embers, Vol. XI, No. 2. (won
first prize in their contest Fall/Winter, 1987).

“Dark Circles,” Wingbone: Poetry From Colorado,
Janice Hays and Pamela Haines, Editors, (anthology), Sudden Jungle Press. (1987).

“The Lines Of The Hand,” The Devil’s Millhopper.
(Winter, 1987).

“Bondage,” The Connecticut Writer, Vol. 12. (1987).

“Return Trip” (Dutch translation) Visions-International, No. 24. (1987).

“Fidelis,” The Bloomsbury Review, Vol. 7/Issue 4. (July/August, 1987).

“Labor,” The Eleventh Muse, Vol. 5, No. 1. (1986).

“Reflection,” “Suspension” Toward Solomon’s Mountain:The Experience of Disability in Poetry, Joseph L. Baird and Deborah S. Workman, Editors, (anthology) Temple University Press. (1986).

“Pieta,” The Sun: A Magazine of Ideas, Issue 111. (February, 1985).

“Amsterdam, 1965,” Embers, Vol. XI, No. 1. (1985).

“Last Ditch Manifesto,” “Seed,” “Called Real,”
“Sleep,” “Lady With the Dulcimer,” “Post Coitum
Triste,” “A Stone, A Leaf,” Hyperion: Black Sun, New Moon, Judy Hogan, Editor, Carolina Wren Press,
(anthology 1980).

“The Cave” (Dutch translation), Practices of the Wind, (anthology). (1980).

“Insomnia” (Dutch translation) Blue Buildings. (1979).

“Suspension,” “Penumbra,” Big Breakfast, (U. Of
Colorado, Boulder, 1978).

“Last Ditch Manifesto,” “Undoing,” “The Way Out,”
Womanthology: A Collection of Colorado Women Poets, Janet H. Yench and Kathy B. Riley, Editors (anthology, 1977).

“The Tale of the Transparent Eye,” Gumbo. (U. Of
Colorado, Ft. Collins, 1977).

Honors and Awards

Writer’s residency at Hedgebrook Cottages, 1992.

Grant for poetry writing from the Neodata Foundation, 1990.

Katherine Sharp Rachlis Memorial grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, 1988.

Writer’s Residency, Ucross Foundation, 1988.

Arts and Humanities Assembly of Boulder grant, 1988.

Associate in poetry, Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute, 1987 to 1988.

First place winner, Embers poetry competition,
nominated for a Pushcart Prize, 1986.

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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