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In memoriam: alumna Claudia Emerson

Claudia Emerson, who received the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2006, has died. The cause of death was cancer, said Virginia Commonwealth University, where she was professor of English.

Emerson was awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Library of Congress, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She was poet laureate of Virginia from 2008-2010.

She received her MFA degree in Creative Writing at UNCG in 1991, and she served as editor of the Greensboro Review.

For a 2012 UNCG Magazine article, she was asked what drew her to UNCG. “I was living in southside Virginia, my ex-husband not very moveable, so I looked for a program in commuting distance from there,” she said. “UNCG’s reputation was stellar, and I was drawn to its faculty – and to its history.”

More information is at this New York Times obituary: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/06/books/claudia-emerson-pulitzer-winning-poet-dies-at-57.html?_r=0

and at the VCU news site: http://www.news.vcu.edu/faculty-and-staff/Claudia_Emerson_Pulitzer_Prizewinning_poet_and_VCU_English_professor