Erika Nichols-Frazer

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Mountain Troubadour Editor
Erika Nichols-Frazer grew up in Stowe and now lives in Waitsfield with her husband, cat, dogs, and chickens. Her poetry collection, Staring Too Closely, was published by Main Street Rag in 2023 and her memoir, Feed Me: A Story of Food, Love and Mental Illness, was published by Casper Press in 2022. She frequently writes about mental health and trauma recovery, as well as current events, nature, and odd things she reads about. She edited the mental health recovery anthology, A Tether to This World, which was published by Main Street Rag in 2021. Now the editor of PSOV's journal, The Mountain Troubadour, she has previously served as poetry editor of The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop anthology and fiction editor of The End of the World journal at Bennington College. She holds an MFA in fiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars and a BA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. While she loves to read and write pretty much everything, poetry holds a special place in her heart.

More than 30 of Erika's poems, short stories, and essays have been published in literary journals, including River Teeth's "Beautiful Things," Red Fern Review, Gone Lawn, Emerge Literary Journal, HuffPost Personal, Asylum Magazine, and elsewhere. She won Noir Nation's 2020 Golden Fedora Fiction Prize and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has been a reader for Literary Orphans, a judge for NYC Midnight, and a juror for The Vermont Studio Center, where she has also been a resident. She was a Developmental Editor for New Degree Press and the owner of Good Wolf Literary Services. She spent a decade working in educational nonprofits, was a reporter for her local community newspaper, and is now the Writing & Humanities Coordinator at Vermont State University Johnson. She volunteers with Central Vermont Adult Basic Education and loves working with writers of all ages and backgrounds. In addition to reading and writing as much as possible, Erika enjoys snowboarding, cooking, and playing hockey.