Each week we will be connecting with our contributors showing where they have been, where they are now, and what’s up for the future.
Name: Vanya Erickson
Title of Piece published in Sweet: Remembering
Vanya is the award-winning author of Boot Language. She’s spent decades teaching writing as well as mentoring educators in the oldest, continuously used schoolhouse in California. Her essays have appeared in a dozen literary journals and anthologies. Find out more about Vanya at www.vanyaerickson.com.
2019 WINNER Indie Book Award (Overcoming Adversity/Tragedy) 2019 SILVER MEDAL Benjamin Franklin Award (for best new voice) 2019 FINALIST Indie Excellence Award (Memoir as well as Regional Nonfiction: The West)
2019 FINALIST International Book Awards (Narrative Nonfiction)
What are some major accomplishments you have had since your Sweet publication?
I also love to speak on my favorite topic: “Writing the Hard Stuff” and had the please of doing so at The Bay Area Book Festival this year!
Can you tell us about a current/ongoing project that you’re excited about?
I’m currently researching and writing a historical novel based on my grandmother’s life as a suffragette who drove an ambulance during WWI. It’s a story about the struggle for meaning and the longing to do something important.
Who is your favorite author?
Madeline L’Engle is who comes to mind. She has a magical ability to captivate readers. It has to do with her magical ability to contrast good and evil.
What is your favorite poem/essay/book? Poem: Anything by Mary Oliver, but “Mindful” is a standout.
Essay: The latest from comedian Hannah Gadsby.
Book: Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time
What inspires you to write?
Whatever is burning in my head: Contrasts, Injustice, beauty, passion, resilience; how humbling it is to be human.
What is your favorite sweet?
The killer brownies at Companion Bakeshop in Santa Cruz, CA!
Thank you, Vanya, for taking the time to reconnect with us. We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!