Photograph by J. Sinclair
Collections of Poetry:
A Lake of Light and Clouds (Press 53, 2014, cover art by Stephen White), with praise from Peter Tork of blues band Shoe Suede Blues, formerly of the MONKEES; Jill Conner Browne, THE Sweet Potato Queen and NY Times Best Selling author; and Theodore Wiprud, composer and Director of Education for the New York Philharmonic.
In the Palms of Angels (Press 53, 2011, cover art by Stephen White), winner of a Nautilus Silver Award for Poetry, the Gold Medal for Poetry in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and a Finalist for Poetry in the 2013 International Book Awards.
Telling Tales of Dusk (Press 53, 2009, cover art by Stephen White), #23 on the Poetry Foundation Contemporary Best Sellers List in 2010
Thread Count (2006, cover art by Stephen White)
My poem, SPONGE BATH, in former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry Column for the week of January 14, 2013: http://www.americanlifeinpoetry.org/columns/408.html
My essay on poetry and healing on journalist and author Maria Shriver’s inspirational website:
Fall in Love With Your Life mariashriver.com
For months after my twenty-year-old brother, Tommy, died in 1980, I woke every morning feeling like there was a piano sitting on my chest. Even the sun felt heavy on my face, and my limbs seemed to weigh a thousand pounds.
Praise for Terri Kirby Erickson's Work:
“More than a poet, Terri Kirby Erickson is the best friend you always wanted, the kind you can count on both to tell you the truth, and to help you bear it. Her poems shimmer like moonlight on water in the farthest corners of your soul.” Sharon Randall, beloved nationally syndicated columnist and author of Birdbaths and Paper Cranes
“There is no store-bought redemption to the ends of these poems, but neither will you find hopelessness, self-pity, a turning away from the world. What you will find at the core of all these poems is the timeless North Carolinian’s beneficent but ungilded witnessing.” Ron Powers, author of Mark Twain, a Life, co-author of Flags of Our Fathers and Ted Kennedy’s autobiography, True Compass
In her poems, Terri Kirby Erickson sketches vivid and appealing word pictures that lodge in the reader’s mind.” Judy Lowe, The Christian Science Monitor
“Erickson is our North Carolina ‘Spoon River Anthology.’ She’s got the gift of capturing people on paper as skillfully as any fine portrait artist. Her quick, deft hand pins down the nuances, the quirks, the tell-tale traits that make us who we are…” Excerpt from “Poet Has Magic Touch,” by author and critic Ruth Moose
“In the Palms of Angels invites us to enter the world of everyday life made numinous by the poet’s voice.” Kathryn Stripling Byer, former North Carolina Poet Laureate
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