Claudia Emerson, poet and VCU professor, dies

Matt Leonard
Online content Editor

Claudia Emerson, a poet who spent her life writing, recipient of a Pulitzer Prize and a professor at VCU, died Thursday Morning at 57.

Emerson had been fighting colon cancer since before moving to Richmond in 2013.

In 2006 she received the Pulitzer Prize for her poetry collection “Late Wife” while she was teaching at University of Mary Washington.

Fellow VCU English Professor, Kathleen Graber, said the best way to remember Emerson is to read what she left behind.

“I believe that Claudia loved her life, her personal life and her life as a teacher and an artist.  That, too, is a state of being we might all do well to seek to emulate,” Graber said.

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