Terri Kirby Erickson, 58, is an essayist, humorist, and the author of multiple collections of award-winning poetry. She has published four collections of award-winning poetry, with a fifth collection, Becoming the Blue Heron (Press 53), forthcoming in the Spring of 2017. Her work has appeared in Asheville Poetry Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Cutthroat, 2013 Poet's Market, JAMA, NASA News & Notes, The Writer's Almanac, storySouth, Literary Mama, American Life in Poetry, Verse Daily, and many others. Awards include the Joy Harjo Poetry Prize and a Nautilus Book Award. She lives in North Carolina.