Erica Goss

2086 Morning View Drive
Eugene, OR 97405

Author's Bio

Erica Goss served as Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, CA, from 2013-2016. Her poetry collection Night Court won the 2016 Lyrebird Award and was published in 2017. In 2011, she won the Many Mountains Moving Poetry Contest. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2010, 2013 and 2017, and for Best of the Net in 2016 and 2017. She is co-founder of Media Poetry Studio, a poetry-and-film camp for teen girls: She is the author of Wild Place (Finishing Line Press 2012) and Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets (PushPen Press 2014). Her poems, articles and reviews have appeared and are forthcoming in many journals, including Contrary, Tinderbox, The Tishman Review, Connotation Press, Hotel Amerika, Pearl, Passager, Consequence, Whale Road, Main Street Rag, Rattle, Eclectica, Blood Lotus, Wild Violet, The Bohemian, Café Review, Zoland Poetry, Comstock Review, Lake Effect, and Perigee. She holds an MFA in Poetry and Nonfiction from San Jose State University.

Publications and Prizes

Night Court
(Glass Lyre Press, 2017)
Wild Place
(Finishing Line Press, 2011)
Prizes Won: 
Selected AwardsOfficial Selection, Cinema Poetica Film Festival, Ashland Literary Festival, Ashland, Oregon (2017)Showcase Selection, Rabbit Heart Video Poetry Festival, Worcester, MA (2017)National League of American Pen Women: Achievement in Letters Award (2017)Best of the Net Nomination, Jacar Press, for poem “Contemporary Realism” (2017)Lyrebird Award for poetry collection Night Court (2016)Pushcart Nomination for Poetry (2010, 2013, 2017)Poetry Prize, 2nd place and Honorable Mention, Soul-Making Keats Poetry Contest (2013)Highly Commended, Bare Hands Poetry Postcard Contest (2013)Special Merit Recognition, Comstock Review (2012)Honorable Mention, Passager Poetry Contest (2012)Winner, Many Mountains Moving Poetry Contest (2011)Finalist, White Eagle Coffee Store Press Chapbook Contest (2011)Center for Cultural Innovation; $1000 grant (2009)Edwin Markham Poetry Award – Judge, Al Young, Poet Laureate of California (2007)James D. Phelan award for poetry (2007)Dorritt Sibley award for scholarship in poetry (2007)Bonnie Cox Creative Nonfiction Award (2006)

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Midnight Lantern by Tess Gallagher
I Swear I Saw This by Michael Taussig
Bigger Than They Appear by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, Ed.
Favorite Books: 
To the Lighthouse, Journal of a Solitude, and many more

More Information

Listed as: 
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
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Identifies as: 
German American
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Born in: 
Tuebingen, Germany
Raised in: 
Los Angeles, CA
Encontrada I have never learned to wander to trust in grass and stars and mouthfuls of air. If I ramble without keys or shoes I might meet my ghosts, who always seem friendly at first. No drifting allowed, no matter the delicious temptation of the vanishing point. I’d rather hit a sign than turn an unnamed corner regardless of its lonesome beauty. And so I study maps of the world, avoiding shady groves hung with moss, or streets tense with empty cars or large bodies of water. When lost they say, keep to one spot. Don’t meander. That’s how you found me a map of the spirits stuffed in my back pocket. All I had to do was stay put.
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Last updated: Dec 07, 2017