Grace Street Theatre
VCU will remember the late Claudia Emerson, professor of English, at 7:00 pm, at the Grace Street Theatre. Students, colleagues, and alumni of the creative writing program will read from her poems and make brief remarks. Emerson died of cancer in December. Claudia Emerson was 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). In addition, The Opposite House appears this spring and Impossible Bottle will be published in the fall, also from LSU. Her poems appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Smartish Pace, The Southern Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Crazyhorse, New England Review, Blackbird, and other journals. She 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. This event is a late addition to VCU’s spring Visiting Writer Series.
For more information about the VCU’s Visiting Writer Series please see: http://english.vcu.edu/about/visiting-writers