Claudia Emerson


Age: 57

Summary: award-winning poet and professor at Virginia Commonwealth University who won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Late Wife, a collection of handwritten letters reflecting on her failed marriage of 19 years and her blossoming relationship with her second husband Kent Ippolito, and who was named the state's poet laureate, an honorary two-year posts, by then-governor Tim Kaine in 2008.

Cause of Death: Cancer

Born: January 13, 1957

Died: December 4, 2014

Richmond, Virginia