Claudia Emerson was awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her book Late Wife: Poems (LSU Press, 2005). She is also the author of the poetry collections Pharaoh,
Pharaoh, and Pinion: An Elegy; all volumes are published in Dave Smith’s Southern Messenger Poets series. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Southern Review, Shenandoah,
England Review and other journals. Emerson is the recipient of a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She is an associate professor of English at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.
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31st Annual Literary Festival