Pulitzer-winning Poet Claudia Emerson To Visit Manhattan College on April 19

Manhattan College’s popular Major Author Reading Series (M.A.R.S.) concludes its semester of readings with a visit from Poet Claudia Emerson on April 19 at 4:30 p.m.

Manhattan College’s popular Major Author Reading Series (M.A.R.S.) concludes its semester of readings with a visit from Poet Claudia Emerson on April 19 at 4:30 p.m. Emerson received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her collection in Late Wife.

In addition to Late Wife, Emerson’s poetry collections include Secure the Shadow; Figure Studies; Pharaoh, Pharaoh; and Pinion: An Elegy, all in the Southern Messenger Poets series from LSU Press. Emerson was the Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2008-2010, and is a recipient of a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress. She is currently a professor of English and Arrington Distinguished Chair in poetry at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.

Poet Deborah Pope says of Emerson’s work: “Like the estranged lover in one of her poems who pitches horseshoes in the dark with preternatural precision, so Emerson sends her words into a different kind of darkness with steely exactness, their arc of perception over and over striking true.”

The M.A.R.S. reading with Emerson will be held on campus in Hayden Hall, room 100, and is open to the public.

Designed to engage and expose students to modern literature, M.A.R.S. has brought a variety of acclaimed writers to campus for readings and book signings. The writers include Emma Straub, author of Other People We Married; Junot Diaz, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad; Rick Moody, award-winning novelist; Phillip Lopate, noted essayist; and Tina Chang, the poet laureate of Brooklyn.

For more information about the M.A.R.S. series at Manhattan College, contact Adam Koehler, assistant professor of English, by email at adam.koehler@manhattan.edu or phone (718) 862-7546, or David Eye, visiting assistant professor of creative writing, by email at david.eye@manhattan.edu or phone (718) 862-7921.