Claudia Gary (formerly Claudia Gary-Annis) is a poet, composer, editor, event organizer, and journalist who lives in the Washington, D.C. area. Her first full-length collection, Humor Me, was published in 2006 by David Robert Books. Her chapbooks are Ripples in the Fabric (Somers Rocks Press, 1996) and Schadenfreud(e) and Other Occupational Hazards (Musings Press, 2004). Her poems have appeared in Sparrow, The Formalist, The Lyric, Orbis (U.K.), Pivot, Edge City Review, Loudoun Art Magazine (Loudoun County, Va.), Light Quarterly, and numerous other journals and anthologies. Her book reviews and author interviews have appeared in Edge City Review, Wild West magazine, and elsewhere. She is also a former poetry editor of Edge City Review, founding editor/publisher of Musings from Northern Virginia, and former northern regional vice president of the Poetry Society of Virginia. Claudia created and hosted the Leesburg Poetry and Chamber Music Series, which attracted distinguished poets, musicians, and audiences during the early and mid-1990s. After nine years as Senior Editor of Vietnam Magazine (until January 2009), she now writes articles on health and veterans' issues for magazines such as the VVA Veteran (published by Vietnam Veterans of America) and VFW. Occasionally she gives writing workshops for adults and children through the Poetry Society of Virginia and other organizations. Her musical works, performed in several U.S. cities, include tonal chamber music and art songs based on poems by contemporaries including Frederick Turner, Dana Gioia, Phillis Levin, Frederick Feirstein, and Marilyn Marsh Noll; as well as settings of Shakespeare, Marvell, and Heine.
In addition, Claudia has become an exclusive licensee for the publication of the Selected Poems and other volumes of esteemed poet, novelist, professor and performer Richard Moore (author of The Rule That Liberates, Empires, The Mouse Whole, A Question of Survival, Sailing to Oblivion...etc., etc., etc.) since Moore's death in November 2009.