ONSITE: Early Elegies: the Poems of Claudia Emerson

Claudia Emerson's poems have been praised for their craftsmanship, intelligence, lyricism, story telling, and resonance, but such descriptions only scratch the surface. Come experience the poems of Claudia Emerson for yourself. We'll read selections of Emerson's poems from across her career, and we'll write some poems of our own that are inspired by her work. We'll also consider how her writing process, creative influences, and life experiences shaped her poetry.

Special Notes

  • Class time will be spent reading and discussing Emerson's poems, as well as workshop discussion of our own work that is inspired by these readings. We will try to make time for a writing exercise each week, but students who wish to complete finished poems should expect to continue writing outside of class time. To get the most out of this class, students may want to do some additional reading outside of class time.

    This studio is not wheel chair accessible from the interior due to two steps, but is accessible through an exterior door.

    Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.

    This is an On-site course. Students must follow current Covid-19 protocols, as outlined on our website. For more info visit On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program: if interested please visit
About the Instructor

Lauren Miner

Lauren Miner is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned an MFA in creative writing (concentrating in poetry) and an MA in English (writing her thesis about descriptions of photographs in the poems of Larry Levis). She's led creative-writing workshops at VCU, the UVa Young Writers' Workshop, and elsewhere. Her creative interests include poetry, nonfiction, photography (both analog and digital), and comics. She currently serves as an assistant poetry editor at Four Way Review, and she is the Artist-in-Residence for the James River Park System.

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Class Details
May 1 - May 226 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Day: Mon
Tuition: $125.00
Member Tuition: $112.50
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Lauren Miner
Level: All Levels