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KNOXVILLE — Claudia Emerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and the current Poet Laureate of Virginia, will read from her work at Writers in the Library at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27, in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Hodges Library auditorium.

Emerson’s four books, “Pharaoh, Pharaoh (1997),” “Pinion, An Elegy (2002),” “Late Wife (2005),” and “Figure Studies (2008),” were published as part of Louisiana State University Press’ signature series, “Southern Messenger Poets,” edited by Dave Smith. “Late Wife” won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

Her poems have appeared in “Poetry,” “Prairie Schooner,” “Smartish Pace,” “The Southern Review,” “Shenandoah,” “TriQuarterly,” “Crazyhorse,” “New England Review,” and other journals. An advisory and contributing editor for “Shenandoah,” Emerson has been awarded individual artist’s fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts and was also a Witter Bynner Fellow through the Library of Congress. She was awarded the 2008 Donald Justice Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Emerson is a professor of English and the Arrington Distinguished Chair in Poetry at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.

A reception will be held following the reading. Both are free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Emerson’s reading is sponsored by the Department of English and the UT Libraries. For more information, visit

C O N T A C T :

Marilyn Kallet, director, UT Creative Writing Program (865-974-6947,

Jeff Daniel Marion, writer in residence, UT Libraries (