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 five 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); and Becoming the Blue Heron (Press 53, March, 2017), which was a Finalist for Poetry in the International Book Awards. Other awards include the Joy Harjo Poetry Prize, Atlanta Review international Publication Prize, Nautilus Book Award, a Gold Medal for Poetry in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Nazim Hikmet Poetry Award, Grand Prize in the Carolina Woman Magazine Writing Contest, First Place for poetry in the Carteret Writers 19th Annual Writing Contest, First Place in the North Carolina Poetry Society Poetry of Love award, and many others.

Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous literary journals, anthologies and other publications, including: Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry,” Annals of Internal Medicine, A Prairie Journal, Artemis Journal, Asheville Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, Basilica Review, Bay Leaves, Birmingham Arts Journal, Blue Fifth Review, Bop Dead City, Boston Literary Magazine, Broad River Review, Christian Science Monitor, Connotation Press, Cowboy Poetry, Cutthroat, Dead Mule, Eclectica, Dappled Things, Deep South Magazine, Dime Show Review, Eunoia Review, Flutter, Forsyth Woman, Foundling Review, Fourth & Sycamore, Garo, Green Briar Review, Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities, Iodine, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Kakalak, Latin American Literary Review, Literary Mama, Long Story Short, MockingHeart Review, Muse India, NASA News & Notes, Nibble, North Carolina Literary Review, Oak Bend Review, The Ofi Press, O’Henry, PainPathways, Parent:Wise Austin, Paris Voice, Pinesong, Pirene’s Fountain, Pisgah Review, Plainsongs, Poetica Magazine, Poet’s Market, Poetry Foundation, Prairie Wolf Press, Prime Number Magazine, Red Eft Review, Redheaded Stepchild, Red River Review, Relief: A Christian Literary Expression, Salt, Sandy River Review, Scythe, Seeding the Snow, Sleet Magazine, Smoking Poet, storySouth, The Christian Century, The Mantle, The Rusty Nail, The Sun, The Sunlight Press, The Writer’s Almanac, Thieves Jargon, Time of Singing: A Magazine of Christian Poetry, Toasted Cheese, To the Bone, Tryst, Turtle Island Quarterly, 27 rue de fleures, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verse Daily, Whole Terrain, Wild Goose Poetry Review, Word Salad, Your Daily Poem, and others, as well as in a variety of anthologies including Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness & Connection (edited by James Crews) and others published by Old Mountain Press, Silver Boomer Books, the Hickory Women’s Resource Center, the Cape Fear River Foundation, Main Street Rag (Kakalak), and Texas Review Press (The Southern Poetry Anthology) .

Her articles and essays have appeared in national and international publications, including Maria Shriver’s Architects for Change, O.Henry Magazine, PainPathways, Land Rover Monthly, BoomerCafe, Broad Street Review, Winston-Salem Journal, 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 the 2020 and 2021 Chair of the North Carolina Writers Conference, and a member of the North Carolina Poetry Society and the North Carolina Writers’ Network. She 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!

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