A Lake of Light and Clouds

Telling Tales Of Dusk

Terri by Ron1

Terri Kirby Erickson: Photograph by Ron Powers, 2014







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 and Waltzing With Horses

“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


**Cover art on all books by Terri Kirby Erickson’s uncle, internationally celebrated artist Stephen White, whose work has appeared in MoMA and in galleries around the country.


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, cover design by Kevin Morgan Watson, cover photograph by Dan Rossi), 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, cover design by Kevin Morgan Watson, cover photograph by Dan Rossi), #23 on the Poetry Foundation Contemporary Best Sellers List in 2010.

Thread Count (2006, cover art by Stephen White, cover photograph by Dan Rossi)


Latest NEWS:

Terri Kirby Erickson’s poem, “After the Explosion,” has won the 2014 Joy Harjo Poetry Prize!!  This poem was chosen by judge and acclaimed poet Martín Espada from 1,000 entrants for this prestigious award sponsored by Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts (Editor in Chief: Pamela Uschuk).  “After the Explosion,” along with the second place and honorable mention poems, will appear in Cutthroat 18, a special tribute issue to the amazing and gifted Joy Harjo and Linda Hogan.

Garrison Keillor, host of A Prairie Home Companion, included a poem by Terri Kirby Erickson in his program, The Writer’s Almanac. The poem and broadcast date were: “Ice Cream Truck” from A Lake of Light and Clouds (Press 53)–July 25, 2014.  You can read the poem at:  http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date=2014/07/25

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


Recent MEDIA:

Article in Journal West, April 9, 2014:  Launch Party of Book Draws Winning Actress and Writer
Winston-Salem Journal, A Lake of Light and Clouds HOT PICKhttp://www.journalnow.com/relishnow/hot_picks/hot-pick-terri-kirby-erickson/article_d83a8db4-baab-11e3-b125-0017a43b2370.html
Article in Journal West, March 19, 2014:  Acclaimed Area Poet Set to Release Fourth Book
Article in Forsyth Woman Magazinehttp://www.forsythwoman.com/a-lake-of-light-and-clouds-launch-party-fundraiser-for-the-simstein-fund/
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
WUNC, NPRhttp://wunc.org/post/poetry-storytelling-and-healing-0 (live audience and radio program)
A Tribute to Maya Angelou, Our State Magazinehttp://www.ourstate.com/tribute-maya-angelou/
Artist Profile in Relish, May 23, 2013, http://www.journalnow.com/relishnow/the_arts/books_and_literature/article_62dbf2d4-c320-11e2-b8fa-001a4bcf6878.html


Signing books after reading at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC, October 16, 2014

Signing books after reading at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC, October 16, 2014


Launch Party for A Lake of Light and Clouds (Press 53, 2014) 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, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ron Powers, who traveled to Clemmons, NC from Vermont, introduced me–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, 2014





In the Palms of Angels

Thread Count


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