Claudia Gary


Fairfax County

Author's Bio

A three-time finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, 2013 semifinalist for the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, Pushcart Prize nominee and former poetry editor, Claudia Gary writes, edits, and gives writing workshops through The Writer’s Center ( Her workshops are currently accessible worldwide via Zoom, and include one-day “crash courses” on the Villanelle, the Sonnet, and Natural Meter, as well as slightly longer courses on the science of poetry and how poetry has been used to navigate trauma.

Before you sign up for any workshop, it’s advisable to read some of the instructor’s own work. Accordingly, samples of Claudia’s poetry can be found via the following link (copy/paste into a URL browser if necessary):

Claudia also composes tonal art songs and chamber music near Washington D.C. Her first collection, Humor Me, was published in 2006 by David Robert Books. Chapbooks include Schadenfreud(e) (2004) and Bikini Buyer's Remorse (2013). Claudia has presented panels on poetry and music at the West Chester University Poetry Conference and elsewhere, and has taught numerous workshops for adults and children. In the 1990s she founded and coordinated the Leesburg (Va.) Poetry and Chamber Music Series. In addition to anthologies such as "Forgetting Home" (Barefoot Muse, 2013) and "Villanelles" (Everyman, 2012), her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Arts Quarterly, Amsterdam Quarterly (Netherlands), Angle Poetry Journal (UK), Antiphon (UK), Chronicles, First Things, Light Poetry Magazine, Loch Raven Review, Lucid Rhythms, Mezzo Cammin, New Walk (UK), Per Contra, Poet Lore, Rattle, The Rotary Dial (Canada), Sow's Ear Poetry Journal, String Poet, and elsewhere. She also writes articles on health for The VVA Veteran, VFW, and other magazines. 

Publications & Prizes

Humor Me (David Robert Books, 2006)
Prizes won: 

Three-time finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award; 2013 Semifinalist for the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize (Waywiser Press); Pushcart Prize nominee

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Rhina Espaillat, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Richard Moore, Frederick Feirstein, Frederick Turner, A.E. Stallings, Aaron Poochigian, Maryann Corbett, X.J. Kennedy, Mary Meriam, and many more.
What I'm reading now: 
Credo for the Checkout Line in Winter by Maryann Corbett, Two Ghost Poems by Frederick Turner, That Swing by X.J. Kennedy, Part of the Darkness by David Rothman, The Field by Rhina Espaillat

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Children, Seniors, Veterans
Fluent in: 
English, French
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Last update: Oct 19, 2020