Pulitzer Prize-winning poet to give Bothe Poetry Reading

April 05, 2012

Claudia Emerson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former poet laureate of Virginia, will give the annual Bothe Poetry Reading at 7:30 p.m. April 11 in McDaniel Lounge. The event is free and open to the public.

Claudia Emerson received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her book, “Late Wife: Poem” (LSU Press, 2005). She is also the author of “Figure Studies: Poems” (LSU Press, 2008) and, most recently, “Secure the Shadow” (LSU Press, 2012), which contains historical pieces as well as poems centering on the deaths of her brother and father. Her poetry collections include “Pharaoh, Pharaoh” and “Pinion: An Elegy,” both published in Dave Smith’s Southern Messenger Poets series. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Southern Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, New England Review, and other journals.

From 2008-2010, she served as poet laureate of Virginia. Emerson is the recipient of the Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She is currently a professor of English and Arrington Distinguished Chair in Poetry at Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Va. For more information about Claudia Emerson, visit her website at http://www.claudiaemerson.org/.

The Bothe lecture brings a visiting writer to McDaniel’s campus for one day to meet with student writers and to give a public reading and lecture. B. Christopher Bothe, a member of the class of 1972, was a poet, award-winning journalist, and printer who died in 1984. Bothe’s family and friends developed the lecture in his memory in 1987.