blackbirdan online journal of literature and the artsSpring 2012 v11n1
an online journal of literature and the arts
Claudia Emerson

Claudia Emerson is the author of five collections of poetry, all published by Louisiana State University Press as part of their Southern Messenger Poets Series: Secure the Shadow (2012); Figure Studies (2008); Late Wife (2005), which won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; Pinion, an Elegy (2002); and Pharaoh, Pharaoh (1997). Two poetry collections, The Opposite House and Impossible Bottle, are forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press in 2015. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Smartish Pace, The Southern Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Crazyhorse, New England Review, and other journals. She has won numerous additional awards and fellowships, including the Academy of American Poets Prize (1991), a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship (1994), the Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress (2005), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2011). From 2008–2010, she served as Poet Laureate of Virginia. Emerson is a professor of English in the creative writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University.  end

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