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

 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), Award-Winning Finalist in the “Poetry” category of the 2015 USA Best Book Awards, 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)


March, 2016:  Terri Kirby Erickson’s poem, “Lightning Bugs,” was named an International Publication Prize Winner in the Poetry 2016 International Poetry Competition and has been selected for publication in this fall’s Poetry 2016 Issue of Atlanta Review.

A Lake of Light and Clouds was a Finalist for Poetry in the USA Best Book Awards! (November, 2015)

Terri Kirby Erickson’s poem, “After the Explosion,” won the  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, was featured in Cutthroat 18, a special tribute issue to 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

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.

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, 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. Rosemary Harris, John Ehle, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ron Powers, (author of Ted Kennedy’s autobiography, True Compass and co-author of Flags of Our Fathers) were some of the guests. Powers introduced Erickson to the crowd…

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