Constantine is a Fellow of Queen's College, Oxford University, and a graduate of Wadham College, Oxford. He was until recently the co-editor of the literary journal Modern Poetry in Translation. Along with the Irish poet Bernard O'Donoghue, he is commissioning editor of the Oxford Poets imprint of Carcanet Press and has been a chief judge for the TS Eliot Prize.
His collections of poetry include Madder, Watching for Dolphins, Caspar Hauser, The Pelt of Wasps, Something for the Ghosts, Collected Poems and Nine Fathom Deep. He is a translator of Hölderlin, Brecht, Goethe, Kleist, Michaux and Jaccottet.
He is also author of one novel, Davies and Fields of Fire: A Life of Sir William Hamilton. He has published four collections of short stories, Back at the Spike, the highly acclaimed Under the Dam (2005) and The Shieling (2009) and the award winning Tea at the Midland and Other Stories. He lives in Oxford with his wife Helen.
Awards and honors
- 2013 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, Tea at the Midland and Other Stories
- 2010 BBC National Short Story Award, "Tea at the Midland"
- 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, shortlist, The Shieling
- 2003 Popescu Prize, translation of Hans Magnus Enzensberger's Lighter than Air
- 2002 Whitbread Poetry Prize, shortlist, Watching for Dolphins
- Watching for the Dolphins (1983)
- Early Greek Travellers and the Hellenic Ideal (1984)
- Davies (1985)
- Selected Poems (1991)
- Caspar Hauser (1994)
- The Pelt of Wasps (1998)
- Something for the Ghosts (2002)
- Under the Dam (2005)
- The Shieling (2009)
- Tea at the Midland and Other Stories (2012)