Terri by Ron1                             Terri Kirby Erickson:   Photograph by Ron Powers, April, 2014


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T.S. Eliot would call what she does mastering the objective correlative. I call it incarnating light. As Erickson shares images and experiences in her richly textured poems, she invites her readers into her own psyche, a place where we are all likely to feel accepted and warm.” Felicia Mitchell, author of The Cleft of the Rock


“Terri Kirby Erickson writes poetry about the real stuff, engagingly, with sympathy and an open eye.”  –Peter Tork, of blues band Shoe Suede Blues, formerly of the Monkees


“Nothing could seem more natural than enjoying Terri Kirby Erickson’s poetry, so colloquial, so everyday in its subjects, and yet so penetrating.  Her poems are the kind we share with special friends, and this new volume is so full of gems, I’ll have plenty to go around for years to come.” –Theodore Wiprud, composer, Vice President, New York Philharmonic


“A Lake of Light and Clouds reaffirms that Terri Kirby Erickson has a Poet’s Soul and it makes us see everyday things with new eyes and gratitude that beauty is not the exception but the rule of Life.”  –Jill Conner Browne,THE Sweet Potato Queen and #1 New York Times Best Selling author of The Sweet Potato Queen’s Book of Love and Fat is the New 30


Collections of Poetry:

A Lake of Light and Clouds (Press 53, 2014, cover art by Stephen White, cover design by Kevin Morgan Watson, cover photograph by J. Sinclair), with praise from Peter Tork of blues band Shoe Suede Blues, formerly of the MONKEES; Jill Conner Browne, THE Sweet Potato Queen and #1 NY Times Best Selling author; Dr. Felicia Mitchell, poet and teacher; and Theodore Wiprud, composer and Vice President of Education for the New York Philharmonic.

In the Palms of Angels (Press 53, 2011, cover art by Stephen White), winner of a Nautilus Silver Award for Poetry, the Gold Medal for Poetry in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and a Finalist for Poetry in the 2013 International Book Awards.

Telling Tales of Dusk (Press 53, 2009, cover art by Stephen White), #23 on the Poetry Foundation Contemporary Best Sellers List in 2010.

Thread Count (2006, cover art by Stephen White)

Latest NEWS:

Garrison Keillor, host of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer’s Almanac, will include a poem by Terri Kirby Erickson in his program, The Writer’s Almanac. The poem and broadcast date are: “Ice Cream Truck” from A Lake of Light and Clouds (Press 53) by Terri Kirby Erickson–July 25, 2014.

Also, former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser chose her poem, “Hospital Parking Lot,” from A Lake of Light and Clouds, for inclusion in his American Life in Poetry column in 2015, which is sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and the Library of Congress. Current readership is about 3,000,000 per week. This is the second of Erickson’s poems to be chosen for this column.

And the editors of Verse Daily, a quality web anthology of poetry, chose her poem, “Red Tractor,” from A Lake of Light and Clouds, to feature on their site. You can find it at: http://www.versedaily.org/2014/redtractor.shtml



Article in Journal West, March 19, 2014:  Acclaimed Area Poet Set to Release Fourth Book

Article in Journal West, April 9, 2014:  Launch Party of Book Draws Winning Actress and Writer

Link to a recent interview, WFDD, our NPR station:  http://wfdd.org/post/terri-kirby-erickson-celebrates-new-collection-poetry-lake-light-and-clouds

Extended version of interview for WFDD Triad Arts Weekend; scroll down to Segment Four:  http://wfdd.org/post/amigo-pianist-jon-nakamatsu-riverrun-international-film-fest-and-terri-kirby-erickson



Launch Party for A Lake of Light and Clouds (Press 53) and Fund Raiser for the Novant Health Derrick L. Davis Simstein Memorial Fund for cancer patients in need at the beautiful Historic Broyhill, April 3, 2014!  10% of every book sold went to the Simstein Fund for cancer patients in financial distress.

250 guests, musicians Lee & Susan Terry, painting by Stephen White on display–a wonderful evening!!

kevin launch party pic

Photograph by Kevin Morgan Watson, April 3, 2014



My essay on poetry and healing on journalist and author Maria Shriver’s inspirational website:

CONTACT TERRI KIRBY ERICKSON AT:  tkerickson@triad.rr.com


Photograph by Leonard F. Erickson





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