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Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Claudia Emerson to read from her works April 24

April 5, 2013
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Claudia Emerson

EAU CLAIRE — The Blugold Visiting Writer Series will present a reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Claudia Emerson at 6 p.m. April 24 in the Ojibwe Grand Ballroom of Davies Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Emerson is the author of five collections of poetry — "Pharaoh, Pharaoh" (1997), "Pinion" (2002), "Figure Studies" (2008), "Secure the Shadow" (2012) and "Late Wife" (2005), for which she was awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize. The recipient of a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, she was named poet laureate of Virginia in 2008. Emerson's reading is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase.

She is professor of English and holds the Arrington distinguished chair in poetry at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.

Prior to her reading, Emerson will hold a question-and-answer session beginning at 4 p.m. in Room 228 of Hibbard Hall. Emerson's reading will be followed by the International Poetry Reading at 7:30 p.m. in the Ojibwe Grand Ballroom of Davies Center.

For more information, contact B.J. Hollars, assistant professor of English, at hollarb@uwec.edu.

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