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Claudia Emerson
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Born (1957-01-13)January 13, 1957
Died December 4, 2014(2014-12-04) (aged 57)
Cause of death Cancer
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Virginia
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Occupation Poet, professor
Spouse(s) Kent Ippolito (2000-2014)
Awards Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (2006)
Poet Laureate of Virginia (2008–10)
Guggenheim Fellowship (2011)

Claudia Emerson (January 13, 1957 – December 4, 2014) was an American poet. She won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for her poetry collection Late Wife. She was named the Poet Laureate of Virginia by Governor Tim Kaine in 2008. Emerson was born in Chatham, Virginia.

Personal life

Emerson married musician Kent Ippolito in 2000. The couple lived in Richmond, Virginia, and performed and wrote songs together. After missing most of the Fall 2014 semester while seeking cancer treatments, Claudia Emerson died on December 4, 2014, in Richmond at the age of 57.

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

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