Erin is currently pursuing a Master’s in Social Work at the University of Minnesota in clinical mental health. She studied comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine, where she received a PhD in 2009, and for the past ten years, she has taught literature, cultural studies, poetry, the environmental humanities, and writing at the University of Minnesota and at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. Her therapeutic approach centers on tending to and making space for one’s inner life and unconscious conflicts. She values the importance of this work in creating sustainable and meaningful community and life experiences. Erin spends time reading and writing about environmental loss and grief, environmental racism, anti-oppressive politics, and trauma.