Claudia Emerson is an American poet who won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her collection Late Wife. She is a professor of English and Arrington Distinguished Chair in Poetry at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She is a contributing editor of the literary magazine Shenandoah.
She was born in Chatham, Virginia. Shel lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia with her husband.
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
- 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
- Guggenheim Fellowship, 2011