FREDERICKSBURG — Claudia Emerson, associate professor of English at Mary Washington College and a former resident of Chatham, received the MWC Alumni Association Outstanding Young Faculty Member Award during graduation ceremonies May 17.
The award is presented annually to an exceptional member of the faculty who has served the institution for at least two years, but no more than five years.
The award was established 14 years ago with an endowment gift of $35,000 from the Alumni Association.
Emerson earned her master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
A well-respected author, her collections of poetry include Pharaoh, Pharaoh; Pinion, an Elegy; and the forthcoming Late Wife.
Her poems also have appeared in Poetry, The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, TriQuarterly, Crazyhorse, The Louisville Review, New England Review and other journals.
She also has served as a contributing and advisory editor for Shenandoah and a guest editor for Visions International.
Emerson's awards include two Virginia Commission for the Arts individual Artist Fellowships in Poetry and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry.
She also has been nominated for a Pulitzer Price for Pharoah, Pharaoh and a Pushcart Prize for “The Admirer.”
At Mary Washington College, Emerson has served in the Faculty Senate for the Department of English, Linguistics and Speech.
She also has been a member of several committees, as well as the faculty advisor for both Aubade and the Mary Washington College Writers' Society.
She recently was elected president of the local chapter of the American Association of University Professors.
In addition, she has organized numerous poetry readings, both on campus and in the community.
claudia Emerson is the daughter of Claude and Mollie Emerson of Chatham.
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