January 13, 1957
Claudia Emerson (born January 13, 1957) is an American poet. She has won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for her poetry collection Late Wife, and received several other awards. She has also written several poetry books.
Emerson was born on January 13, 1957 in Chatham, Virginia. She attended Chatham Hall, the University of Virginia (English, 1979) and completed a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1991.
Emerson lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, Kent Ippolito, a musician who plays with various types of bands, including bluegrass, rock, folk, jazz, blues and ragtime. The couple were married in 2000 and together write songs and perform. Emerson was Guest Editor of Visions-International (published by Black Buzzard Press) in 2002.
Emerson is a professor of English and member of the creative writing faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.  Prior to joining the VCU faculty, she was professor of English and the Arrington Distinguished Chair in Poetry at the University of Mary Washington, in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She is a contributing editor of the literary magazine Shenandoah. On August 26, 2008, she was appointed Poet Laureate of Virginia, 2008 - 2010, by Governor Timothy M. Kaine.
Emerson's work has been included in such anthologies as Yellow Shoe Poets, The Made Thing, Strongly Spent: 50 Years of Shenandoah Poetry (Shenandoah, 2003), and Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets of Virginia, (University of Virginia Press, 2003).
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
- 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
- Guggenheim Fellowship, 2011
Books of poetry
- Pharaoh, Pharaoh, LSU Press, 1997, ISBN 978-0-8071-2159-7 (as Claudia Emerson Andrews)
- Pinion, An Elegy. LSU Press. 2002. ISBN 978-0-8071-2766-7.
- Late Wife: Poems. LSU Press. 2005. ISBN 978-0-8071-3083-4.
- Figure Studies: Poems. LSU Press. 2008. ISBN 978-0-8071-3361-3.
- Secure the Shadow: Poems. LSU Press. 2012. ISBN 978-0-8071-4303-2.
- Poetry Foundation profile
- "Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase". Website. Webliminal.com. Retrieved 2006-12-19.
- "VCU Adds Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet to English Faculty" (Press release). Virginia Commonwealth University. June 20, 2013. Retrieved 2014-07-06.
- "UMW's Claudia Emerson wins Pulitzer in Poetry" (Press release). University of Mary Washington. April 17, 2006. Retrieved 2006-04-27.
- "Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee Literary Review staff". Website. Washington and Lee University. Retrieved 2006-04-07.
- Virginia Law and Library of Congress List of Poets Laureate of Virginia
- Yellow Shoe Poets. LSU Press. 1999. ISBN 978-0-8071-2451-2.
- Garrett, George (1999). The Yellow Shoe Poets (Cloth) (1st. Edition ed.). Baton Rouge: LSU Press. p. 264 pp. ISBN 0-8071-2450-8.
- The Made Thing. The University of Arkansas Press. 1999. ISBN 978-1-55728-579-9.
- Stokesbury, Leon (1999). The Made Thing (Cloth) (2nd Edition ed.). Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press. p. 352 pp. ISBN 1-55728-578-0.
- Strongly Spent: 50 Years of Shenandoah Poetry
- Kennedy, Sarah (September 2003). Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets of Virginia (Cloth) (lrst Edition ed.). Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. p. 200 pp. ISBN 0-8139-2222-4.
- Stolls, Amy; , David Kipen, Jon Peede, Paulette Beete, Campbell Irving, Pamela Kirkpatrick, and Garrick Davis (2006). NEA Literature Fellowships: 40 Years of Supporting American Writers. Washington, DC: National Endowment for the Arts. p. 12. Retrieved 2006-04-27.
- "Witter Bynner Fellowships". Website. Library of Congress. Retrieved 2006-04-07.
- The Poetry Society of Virginia official website
- Andrews, Claudia Emerson (1997). Pharaoh, Pharaoh (Paper) (1st. Edition ed.). Baton Rouge: LSU Press. p. 72 pp. ISBN 0-8071-2765-5.
- Emerson, Claudia (2002). Pinion: An Elegy (Cloth) (1st. Edition ed.). Baton Rouge: LSU Press. p. 55 pp. ISBN 0-8071-2765-5.
- Emerson, Claudia (September 30, 2005). The Late Wife (Cloth) (1st. Edition ed.). Baton Rouge: LSU Press. p. 54 pp. ISBN 0-8071-3083-4.
- Emerson, Claudia (September 2008). Figure Studies (ClothISBN 978-0-8071-3361-3.) (1st. Edition ed.). Baton Rouge: LSU Press.
- Emerson, Claudia (February 2012). Secure the Shadow (ClothISBN 978-0-8071-4303-2.) (1st. Edition ed.). Baton Rouge: LSU Press.
- 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", Blackbird: An Online Journal of Literature and the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Volume 1, No. 2 December 16, 2002
- Emerson, Claudia, "Insistent Traces", Southern Spaces, 26 October 2009.
- Williams, Susan Settlemyre, "An Interview with Claudia Emerson, Blackbird: An Online Journal of Literature and the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Volume 1, No 2 December 16, 2002 transcript and audio file about Pinion, An Elegy.
- "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.