Claudia Emerson


Claudia Emerson was born in Chatham, Virginia, United States on January 13th, 1957 and is the Poet. At the age of 67, Claudia Emerson biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

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January 13, 1957
United States
Place of Birth
Chatham, Virginia, United States
67 years old
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Poet, Writer
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University of Virginia, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
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Claudia Emerson Life

Claudia Emerson (January 13, 1957 – December 4, 2014) was an American poet.

She received 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 in Chatham, Virginia, on January 13, 1957, and graduated from Chatham Hall preparatory school in 1975. She earned her Bachelor of English from the University of Virginia in 1979 and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro in 1991.

Personal life

In 2000, Emerson married musician Kent Ippolito. The couple lived in Richmond, Virginia, and wrote and performed songs together. Claudia Emerson died in Richmond on December 4, 2014, at the age of 57 from complications linked to colon cancer. She skipped most of the Fall 2014 semester while undergoing cancer treatments.


Claudia Emerson Career


Emerson's Southern Messenger Poets collection: Pharaoh, Pharaoh (1997), Pinion: An Elegy (2002), Late Wife (2005), Emerson's Introduction: Pharaoh, Pharaoh (2006), Figure Studies: Pharaoh, Pharaoh (2005), Figure Studies: Pharaoh (2004), The Opposite Bottle (2015), Pharaoh (1997), Pharaoh (2006), The Opposite (2005)

The Opposite House (March 2015), The Impossible Bottle (September 2015) and Claude were among the three collections that were released posthumously, according to Time and Space (February 2018).

Emerson's work has appeared in anthologies including Yellow Shoe Poets, The Made Thing, Clearly Spent: 50 Years of Shenandoah Poetry, and Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets of Virginia, in addition to her collections.

Emerson served as poetry editor for the Greensboro Review and a contributing editor for the literary journal Shenandoah. Emerson, 2002, was a Guest Editor of Visions-International (which was published by Black Buzzard Press). By then Governor Timothy M. Kaine, she was named Poet Laureate of Virginia on August 26, 2008, and she continued until 2010. In 2008, she returned to Chatham Hall to serve as the Poet-in-Residence of the Siragusa Foundation.

She taught at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, as well as Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. She served as an English professor and the Arrington Distinguished Chair in Poetry for more than a decade at the University of Mary Washington, Virginia, as an English professor and the Arrington Distinguished Chair in Poetry.

Emerson was a member of the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, where she taught until her death in 2014 from colon cancer at age 57.


Claudia Emerson Awards

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