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Terri Kirby Erickson was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is the author of five full-length collections of award-winning poetry, including Thread Count (2006), Telling Tales of Dusk (2009), In the Palms of Angels (2011), A Lake of Light and Clouds (2014), and Becoming the Blue Heron (2017). 

Erickson's work has appeared in American Life in Poetry, Asheville Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, Christian Science Monitor, Journal of the American Medical AssociationLiterary Mama, NASA News & Notes, North Carolina Literary Review, Poet's Market, storySouthThe Writer's Almanac, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verse Daily, and many others.

Awards and honors include the Joy Harjo Poetry Prize, Nazim Hikmet Award, Atlanta Review International Publication Prize, Nautilus Silver Book Award, Poetry for Their Freedom Award, 2013 Leidig Lectureship in Poetry, and many others. She lives with her husband in North Carolina, and is the mother of a grown daughter.