About the Author

West End Poetry Festival, Carroboro, NC, October 18, 2014
West End Poetry Festival, Carrboro, NC, October 18, 2014

Terri Kirby Erickson is the award-winning author of four collections of poetry:  Thread Count (2006); Telling Tales of Dusk (Press 53, 2009), which was #23 on the Poetry Foundation Contemporary Best Sellers List in 2010; In the Palms of Angels, (Press 53, 2011); and A Lake of Light and Clouds (Press 53, 2014). Awards include the Joy Harjo Poetry Prize, Nautilus Book Award, a Gold Medal for Poetry in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Finalist for Poetry in the International Book Awards, Nazim Hikmet Poetry Award, and many others.

Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous literary journals, anthologies and other publications, including: 2013 Poet’s Market, Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry, Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, A Prairie Journal, Asheville Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, Basilica Review, Bay Leaves, Blue Fifth Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Broad River Review, Christian Science Monitor, Connotation Press, Cowboy Poetry, Cutthroat, Dead Mule, Eclectica, Flutter, Forsyth Woman, Foundling Review, Green Briar Review, Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities, Iodine, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Literary Mama, Long Story Short, MockingHeart Review, Muse India, Nibble, North Carolina Literary Review, Oak Bend Review, O’Henry, PainPathways, Parent:Wise Austin, Paris Voice, Pinesong, Pirene’s Fountain, Pisgah Review, Poetica Magazine, Prairie Wolf Press, Red River Review, Relief: A Christian Literary Expression, Salt, Scythe, Seeding the Snow, Smoking Poet, storySouth, The Rusty Nail, Thieves Jargon, Time of Singing: A Magazine of Christian Poetry, Toasted Cheese, To the Bone, Tryst, 27 rue de fleures, Verse Daily, Wild Goose Poetry Review, Word Salad, Your Daily Poem, and others, as well as in a variety of anthologies published by Old Mountain Press, Silver Boomer Books, the Hickory Women’s Resource Center, the Cape Fear River Foundation, Main Street Rag (Kakalak), Texas Review Press (The Southern Poetry Anthology) and others.

Her articles and essays have appeared in national and international publications, including Maria Shriver’s Architects for Change, PainPathways, Land Rover Monthly, BoomerCafe, Broad Street Review, and more.

She has taught poetry workshops in libraries, high schools, universities, churches, medical centers, and other venues, and was an instructor in the continuing education program at Salem College.  She was also chosen as the 2013 Leidig Keynote Poet at Emory & Henry College (previous poets awarded this honor include former Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, Mark Doty, Kelly Cherry and other nationally lauded poets).

Terri Kirby Erickson is a member of the North Carolina Writers Conference and the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and will be happy to speak at your book club, conference, social club, university, medical center, etc.  You can contact her at tkerickson@triad.rr.com for further information about speaking engagements!