Remembering Poet Claudia Emerson


The poetry community has been mourning what seems like an exceptional number of losses in the past few months; the New York Times remembrance of Claudia Emerson marks yet another. Emerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her 2005 collection The Late Wife, which explores the poet’s recurrent themes of love, marriage, and mourning. From humble beginnings as a mail carrier and manager of a used book store, Emerson went on to teach at University of Mary Washington and Virginia Commonwealth, and served as the state’s poet laureate from 2008-2010. She passed away last week at age 57.

Dinah Fay is a poet, copywriter, and social media maven living in Brooklyn. She is the co-host of the Brick City Speaks reading series in Newark, where she is pursuing an MFA in writing from Rutgers University. More from this author →