Carrier was descended from Martha Carrier, one of the women hanged during the notorious Salem witch trials of 1692 (the subject of her last volume).
Carrier attended Smith College, from which she graduated in 1929. As a sophomore at Smith, she discovered the poetry of Louise Bogan. Bogan and Emily Dickinson inspired her to begin writing poetry: "I wanted to follow in those poets' footsteps," she told her literary executor in 1980.
After graduating from Smith in 1929, Carrier taught English, French, and Latin for 40 years, first at New Britain High school and then at Hall High School in West Hartford, before retiring in 1970.
Her poetry was published in the New Yorker, New York Quarterly, Ploughshares, Poetry, and Harper's. In the 1960s and 1970s, Carrier published translations of the works of three classical Roman writers, the playwright Terence, and poets Sextus Propertius and Tibullus.
- The Middle Voice. Denver: Swallow Press, 1954.
- The Angled Road. Chicago: Swallow Press, 1973.
- Witchcraft Poems: Salem, 1692. Roslyn, NY: Stone House Press, 1988.
- Sextus Propertius, The Poems of Propertius. Bloomington Indiana University Press, 1963.
- Tibullus, The Poems of Tibullus. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1968.
- The Complete Comedies of Terence: Modern verse translations (translated by Palmer Bovie, Constance Carrier, and Douglass Parker; edited by Palmer Bovie). New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1974.
- also published as Terence: The comedies. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992.
- The Aesopic Verse of Constance Carrier (edited by Dorothy Maclaren). Newington, CT: Society for the Preservation of Aesop, 1988.
- Titus Maccius Plautus, "Amphitryon", in Plautus: The comedies (edited by David R. Slavitt & Palmer Bovie). Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995.
- ↑ "Constance V. Carrier Retired teacher and poetry writer". The Boston Globe. December 10, 1991. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-7689315.html.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Constance Carrier at Yaddo, Sophia Smith Collection, Women's History Archives, Smith College. Web, May 25, 2014.
- ↑ http://www.newyorker.com/search/query?query=authorName:%22Constance%20Carrier%22
- ↑ http://www.nyquarterly.org/issues/?id=22
- ↑ http://www.pshares.org/authors/author-detail.cfm?authorID=241
- ↑ http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/toc.html?issue=421
- ↑ http://harpers.org/archive/1939/12/0019896
- ↑ Ken Byron (November 21, 2008). "Constance Carrier, a Local Teacher and Noted Poet, Will be Honored on Saturday". The Hartford Courant. http://blogs.courant.com/itowns_nb/2008/11/constance-carrier-a-local-teac.html.
- ↑ Golden Rose Award, New England Poetry Club. Web, May 25, 2014.
- ↑ Plautus: The comedies, Volume I, Google Books, Web, May 25, 2014.
- ↑ Search results = au:Constance Carrier, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, May 25, 2014.
- Constance Carrier, a Local Teacher and Noted Poet, Will be Honored on Saturday, Hartford Courant weblog.
- Constance Carrier at Yaddo, Smith College
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