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Lianne Elizabeth Schutt Mercer
School of Nursing

Lianne Elizabeth Schutt Mercer, M.S., R.N., Assistant Professor of Nursing

B.S.N., University of Michigan School of Nursing, 1959; M.S. in psychiatric nursing, University of Michigan, 1966.

Staff nurse, University of Michigan Medical Center; staff nurse, Kapiolani Maternity Hospital, Honolulu, Hawaii; instructor in nursing (Fundamentals) 1962-1963, assistant professor of nursing 1966-1967, University of Michigan School of Nursing.

Subsequently Mercer relocated to the state of Texas and became a certified poetry therapist while continuing to practice psychiatric nursing. She is the author of the non-fiction books “Compassionate Witness: Before We Say Good-Bye” (2005) and “Compassionate Witness: The Unexpected Gifts of Good-Bye” (2018); and poetry volumes “Autumn Zinnias” (2017) and “No Limits But Light” (1994). Her short story “For Sale,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 1991, and her story “Addie’s War” won an award at the Judy and A.C. Greene Literary Festival, Salado, Texas, in 1999. In 1999 Mercer, with Betty Davis, founded the Texas Poetry Calendar. It has been published annually ever since and features poetry relating to the people, geography, and iconography of Texas as well as room for personal planning and recording.

Lianne Elizabeth Schutt, born in Michigan in 1937, was married to Charles Elton Mercer, a naval aviator, from 1962 to 1984.