Monday, May 18, 2009

MFA Greensboro Alum Claudia Emerson to Headline Spalding University's Festival of Contemporary Writing

Festival of writing at Spalding
The Courier-Journal
May 16, 2009

Claudia Emerson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection Late Wife , will headline the Spring 2009 session of Spalding University's Festival of Contemporary Writing, Kentucky's largest spring-fall reading series. Her presentation takes place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, in the Gallery of The Brown hotel, 335 W. Broadway. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served; no tickets are required.

Late Wife is a collection of poems chronicling Emerson's divorce from her first husband, and the occasional uneasiness she feels as the new wife of a widower. The book won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Other works include Pharaoh, Pharaoh; Pinion, an Elegy; and Figure Studies: Poems .

Emerson is the poet laureate of Virginia and a contributing editor of Shenandoah . Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Smartish Pace, The Southern Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Crazyhorse, New England Review , and other journals. She is a professor of English and Arrington Distinguished Chair in poetry at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va.

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