Claudia Emerson (January 13, 1957 – December 4, 2014) was an American poet. She won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for her poetry collection Late Wife,  and was named the  Poet Laureate of Virginia by then-Governor Tim Kaine in 2008.
Early life [ ]
Emerson was born on January 13, 1957 in
Chatham, Virginia and graduated from Chatham Hall preparatory school in 1975. She received her BA in English from the  University of Virginia in 1979 and her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1991.
Virginia Poets Laureate at University of Mary Washington Reunion Day, June 3, 2011. Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda (2006-2008), Claudia Emerson (2008-2010), and Kelly Cherry (2010-2012)
Career [ ]
Emerson published five poetry collections through Louisiana State University Press:
Pharaoh, Pharaoh (1997), Pinion: An Elegy (2002), Late Wife (2005), Figure Studies: Poems (2008), and Secure the Shadow (2012).
Two collections were published posthumously, "The Opposite House" (March 2015) and "Impossible Bottle" (September 2015).
In addition to her collections, Emerson's work has been included in such anthologies as
Yellow Shoe Poets,   The Made Thing,   Strongly Spent: 50 Years of Shenandoah Poetry, and  Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets of Virginia.
Emerson served as poetry or for the
and a contributing or for the literary magazine Greensboro Review . Shenandoah 
In 2002, Emerson was Guest Editor of Visions-International (published by Black Buzzard Press). On August 26, 2008, she was appointed  Poet Laureate of Virginia, by then Governor Timothy M. Kaine and served until 2010.  In 2008, she returned to  Chatham Hall to serve as The Siragusa Foundation's Poet-in-Residence.
She taught at several colleges including
Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. She spent over a decade at the University of Mary Washington, in Fredericksburg, Virginia, as an English professor and the Arrington Distinguished Chair in Poetry.
In 2013, Emerson joined the creative writing faculty at
Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, where she taught until her death in 2014 from colon cancer at age 57. 
Awards and honors [ ]
The Association of Writers and Writing Programs Intro Award, 1991
Academy of American Poets Prize, 1991 
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1994 (As Claudia Emerson Andrews)  Virginia Commission for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, 1995 and 2002
University of Mary Washington Alumni Association Outstanding Young Faculty Award, 2003  Erskine J. Poetry Prize, 2004 for "Second Bearing, 1919"
Witter Bynner Fellowship from Library of Congress, 2005 
Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 2006 
Poet Laureate of Virginia, 2008 - 2010  
Library of Virginia, Virginia Women in History, 2009 
Fellowship of Southern Writers, Inaugural Winner, Donald Justice Award for Poetry, 2009 
Guggenheim Fellowship, 2011  Elected to Membership, Fellowship of Southern Writers, 2011 
Personal life [ ]
Emerson married musician Kent Ippolito in 2000. The couple lived in
Richmond, Virginia, and performed and wrote songs together. After missing most of the Fall 2014 semester while seeking cancer treatments, Claudia Emerson died on December 4, 2014, in  Richmond at the age of 57 from complications associated with colon cancer.  
Bibliography [ ]
Poetry collections [ ]
List of poems [ ]
Early elegy : barber
Emerson, Claudia (January 28, 2013). "Early elegy : barber". . The New Yorker 88 (45): 36 . Retrieved . 2015-04-08
References [ ]
"Claudia Emerson profile". poetryfoundation.org . Retrieved . December 4, 2014
"Claudia Emerson Wins Pulitzer Prize for Poetry". PBS NewsHour.
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Estes, Lindley (2014), "Distinguished poet, Pulitzer Prize-winner Claudia Emerson dies", The Free Lance-Star , retrieved December 4, 2014
Ankrom, R. (2008), "Claudia Emerson – Poet-in-Residence '08", Chatham Hall, archived from the original on December 7, 2014 , retrieved December 4, 2014
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"Claudia Emerson", Academy of American Poets, 2014 , retrieved December 4, 2014
"Impossible Bottle". Website. LSU Press . Retrieved . 2014-12-06
. LSU Press. 1999. Yellow Shoe Poets ISBN 978-0-8071-2451-2.
Garrett, George (1999). (1st ed.). Baton Rouge, LA: LSU Press. p. 264 pp. The Yellow Shoe Poets ISBN 0-8071-2450-8. Archived from the original (Cloth) on 2005-11-25 . Retrieved . 2006-04-28
. The University of Arkansas Press. 1999. The Made Thing ISBN 978-1-55728-579-9.
Stokesbury, Leon (1999). The Made Thing (Cloth) (2nd ed.). Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press. p. 352 pp. ISBN 1-55728-578-0.
, news.wlu.edu; accessed December 4, 2014. Strongly Spent: 50 Years of Shenandoah Poetry
Kennedy, Sarah (September 2003). Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets of Virginia (Cloth) (1st ed.). Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press. ISBN 0-8139-2222-4 . Retrieved . December 4, 2014
"Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee Literary Review staff". Website. Washington and Lee University . Retrieved . 2006-04-07
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"Poets Laureate of Virginia". Archived from the original on 2017-07-28 . Retrieved . 2014-12-06 , Poetry Society of Virginia; accessed December 6, 2014
Emerson profile Archived 2014-12-07 at the Wayback Machine., ChathamHall.org; accessed December 4, 2014.
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"UMW's Claudia Emerson wins Pulitzer in Poetry" (Press release). University of Mary Washington. April 17, 2006. Archived from the original on September 6, 2006 . Retrieved . 2006-04-27
"VCU Adds Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet to English Faculty" (Press release). Virginia Commonwealth University. June 20, 2013 . Retrieved . 2014-07-06
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Reid, Zachary (2014), "Claudia Emerson, Pulitzer-winning poet, dies at 57", Richmond Times-Dispatch , retrieved December 4, 2014
Stolls, Amy; David Kipen; Jon Peede; Paulette Beete; Campbell Irving; Pamela Kirkpatrick; Garrick Davis (2006). NEA Literature Fellowships: 40 Years of Supporting American Writers (PDF). Washington, DC: National Endowment for the Arts. p. 12. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-07-10 . Retrieved . 2006-04-27
Emerson, Claudia (December 4, 2014). "Second Bearing, 1919". Smartish Pace . Retrieved . December 6, 2014
"Witter Bynner Fellowships". Website. Library of Congress . Retrieved . 2006-04-07
"The 2006 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Poetry" . Retrieved . December 6, 2014
The Poetry Society of Virginia official website Archived 2011-07-26 at the Wayback Machine.
"Virginia Women in History: Claudia Emerson". Library of Virginia. 2009 . Retrieved . December 6, 2014
"Awards". Fellowship of Southern Writers. 2009. Archived from the original on March 4, 2007 . Retrieved . December 6, 2014
"Claudia Emerson: 2011 - US & Canada Competition -Creative Arts - Poetry". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. 2011. Archived from the original on December 8, 2014 . Retrieved . December 6, 2014
Brady, H. (March 21, 2011). "Claudia Emerson to Be Inducted into Fellowship of Southern Writers". Media and Public Relations. University of Mary Washington . Retrieved . December 6, 2014
"Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase". Website. Webliminal.com . Retrieved . 2006-12-19
Emerson, Claudia (2002). Pinion: An Elegy (Cloth) (1st ed.). Baton Rouge, LA: LSU Press. p. 55 pp. ISBN 0-8071-2765-5.
Emerson, Claudia (September 30, 2005). The Late Wife (Cloth) (1st ed.). Baton Rouge, LA: LSU Press. p. 54 pp. ISBN 0-8071-3083-4.
Emerson, Claudia (September 2008). Figure Studies (Cloth) (1st ed.). Baton Rouge, LA: LSU Press. ISBN 978-0-8071-3361-3.
Emerson, Claudia (February 2012). Secure the Shadow (Cloth) (1st ed.). Baton Rouge, LA: LSU Press. ISBN 978-0-8071-4303-2.
Emerson, Claudia (March 2015). The Opposite House (1st ed.). Baton Rouge, LA: LSU Press. ISBN 978-0-8071-5848-7.
Emerson, Claudia (September 2015). Impossible Bottle (1st ed.). Baton Rouge, LA: LSU Press. ISBN 978-0-8071-6083-1.
External links [ ]
 Website for LSU Press with links to pages for books published
 Academy of American Poets Biography, bibliography and links to poems
 Poetry Foundation Biography and links to poems and articles published in Poetry (magazine) Emerson, Claudia
Insistent Places Southern Spaces, October 26, 2009
Claudia Emerson Papers at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia
Pulitzer Prize website, Emerson profile
Library of Congress reading (mp3 format file) Interview and poems
Kooser, Ted, American Life in Poetry: Column 26--Claudia Emerson's poem "Stable' Emerson's poems "Migrane, Aura and Aftermath" and "What They Want" in Visions International (issue #67)
Williams, Susan Settlemyre, "Review | Pinion: An Elegy, by Claudia Emerson", December 16, 2002 Blackbird: An Online Journal of Literature and the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Volume 1, No. 2
Cheuse, Alan, Radio interview with Claudia Emerson on , Virginia Commission for the Humanities, May 22, 2004. With Good Reason
Bryne, Edward. "Everything We Cannot See: Claudia Emerson's . Late Wife"
Martz, Michael, "Chatham Adds To Literary Legacy" April 26, 2006 (originally published as "Pulitzer-winning poet from Chatham Virginia: Professor latest with ties to town to bask in literary glory," in the Richmond Times Dispatch on April 20, 2006).
Williams, Susan Settlemyre, "An Interview with Claudia Emerson, December 16, 2002 transcript and audio file Blackbird: An Online Journal of Literature and the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Volume 1, No 2 .
Williams, Susan Settlemyre, "Review | Pinion: An Elegy, by Claudia Emerson", December 16, 2002 Blackbird: An Online Journal of Literature and the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Volume 1, No. 2 Emerson, Claudia,
"Poems: The Bat, Pitching Horseshoes, Possessions, Surface Hunting", Blackbird: An Online Journal of Literature and the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Volume 2, No. 1, (Spring, 2003)
Chappell, Fred, "Same mine yields different gems," Raleigh News and Observer review of The Late Wife on December 25, 2005.
Fellowship of Southern Writers Members Profile page
"Poets in Person: Claudia Emerson", HD Video in Fredericksburg, VA with Claudia and husband musician Kent Ippolito, The Cortland Review - Spring 2012 Feature, April 8, 2012.
"Shot Her Dead", an original song performed by Claudia Emerson and Kent Ippolito, The Cortland Review - Spring 2012 Feature, April 8, 2012.
5 new poems in text and audio, The Cortland Review - Spring 2012 Feature, April 8, 2012. Reid, Zachary, "2 Pulitzer Prize poetry winners to read at VCU event Wednesday", Richmond Times-Dispatch, September 14, 2014.