Constance Hunting

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Constance Hunting (1925 – April 5, 2006), the poet and publisher, was widely known in the Northeastern United States, particularly in her home state of Rhode Island, her adopted state of Indiana, and later in Maine where she taught English literature and creative writing at the University of Maine at Orono until her death on April 5th, 2006.

Hunting received her B.A. from Pembroke College in Brown University in 1947, studied at Duke University from 1950–1953, and then lived in West Lafayette, IN, home of Purdue University, until 1968. From that time, she lived in Orono, Maine with her husband Robert, who was Chair of the English department at UMO until his retirement.

Hunting trained as a classical pianist, but is best known for her work as a poet, and her promotion of other Maine writers through the Puckerbrush Review literary magazine, which she established in 1971. She was also the founder and editor of Puckerbrush Press, which, over the twenty-eight years of its existence, published a great variety of work by many writers, domestic and international, including May Sarton, James Kelman, Angelica Garnett, and other figures from the Bloomsbury Group.

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Her papers are currently housed at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.

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