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Name:    Urdang, Constance
Category:  Cultural Life, Education
Born/Started:     Dec. 26, 1922
Died/Ended:     Oct. 08, 1996
Description:    Constance Urdang was a poet and author who lived her adult life in St. Louis and taught at Washington University. Born in New York City, she attended Smith College and the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, from which she received her Master of Fine Arts in Poetry in 1956. She met her husband, poet Donald Finkel, there and they married in 1956. The couple moved to St. Louis in 1960 when Finkel took a faculty position in the Department of English at Washington University. They raised three children in University City.

Urdang published her first book of poems, Charades and Celebrations, in 1965. She wrote two novels, Natural History in 1969 and American Earthquakes in 1988. She wrote novellas and other books of poetry during the 1980s. She also taught at Washington University and helped establish the university’s writing program. She received the Oscar Williams and Gene Derwood Award for excellence among poets and artists, the Delmore Schwarz Memorial Poetry Award, and the Carleton Centennial Award for Poetry.

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