Hunting, Constance (1925 - 2006)

Genre: Non-Fiction, Poetry

Constance Hunting was born in Providence, RI, and lived in Orono from 1968 until her death. She was a classical pianist, a poet and a promoter of other Maine writers, informally and through her Puckerbrush Review literary magazine (established 1978) and Puckerbrush Press publishing company (est. 1971). She also taught English literature and creative writing at the University of Maine (Orono) and was a member of the National Poetry Foundation board.

She received her B.A. from Brown University in 1947, was at Duke University from 1950-53, and then Purdue University from 1953-68. Her husband, Robert, was chair of the English department at the Univ. of Maine for eight years before his death.

Selected Bibliography


  • After the Stravinsky Concert and Other Poems (1969)
  • Cimmerian and Other Poems (1972)
  • Beyond the Summerhouse: A Narrative Poem (1976)
  • Nightwalk and Other Poems (1980)
  • Dream Cities (1982)
  • Collected Poems, 1969-1982 (1983)
  • A Day at the Shore: A Poem (1983)
  • Between the Worlds: Poems 1983-1988 (1989)
  • Hawkedon (1990)
  • The Myth of Horizon (1991)
  • At Rochebonne: A Poem (1994)
  • The Experience of Art: Selected Essays and Interviews (1997)
  • The Shape of Memory (1998)
  • Natural Things: Collected Poems 1969-1998 (1999)
  • An Amazement (2002)
  • The Sky Flower (2005)


  • May Sarton, Woman and Poet (1982)
  • A Celebration for May Sarton: Essays and Speeches from the National Conference "May Sarton at 80" (1994)


  • New Maine Writing (1977)(with Lee Skarkey)
  • New Maine Writing: Number Two (1979)(with Lee Skarkey)
  • In a Dark Time: An Anthology of Poetry of Nuclear Concern (1983) (with Virgil Bisset)

Selected Resources