Constance Hanstedt is an author and poet living in northern California since 1981. She relocated from the Midwest, where she received a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and discovered her love of poetry. She credits her writing groups of twenty years and her mentor Ellen Bass as significant contributors to her development as a disciplined writer.

Constance’s poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including The Comstock Review, Calyx, Rattle, The Naugatuck River Review, Red Wheelbarrow, Banyon Review, Porter Gulch Review and California Literary ReviewIn addition, her work has been published in the anthology The Crafty Poet and the biannual anthologies compiled by members of the California Writers Club, Tri-Valley Branch, where she is an active member.

Don’t Leave Yet, How My Mother’s Alzheimer’s Opened My Heart is her first book. It was a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association memoir competition in 2011 and published by She Writes Press in 2015. After its release, Don’t Leave Yet was named a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Book Awards in the memoir category and a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards in narrative nonfiction.

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