Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Claudia Emerson reads at the library.
The disintegration of a woman's 19-year marriage, followed by a second marriage to a still-bereaved widower: From the pen of poet Claudia Emerson, it's more dramatic than a soap and more intimate than erotica. Emerson, an associate professor of English at the University of Mary Washington, won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for "Late Wife." Divided into three sections "Divorce Epistles," "Breaking Up the House" and "Late Wife" Emerson's third collection of poetry is immediate, accessible and her most autobiographical work to date. As part of the Richmond Writers Series in conjunction with First Fridays, Emerson will give a reading in the Special Collections Room of the Richmond Public Library Friday, May 4, at 7 p.m., followed by a book signing and reception. Emerson will also be honored as the 2007 Richmond Public Library's Brodie Herndon poetry recipient, in honor of the late poet. S