Erika Thorkelson is a freelance journalist and writer of fiction and creative non-fiction living in Vancouver, British Columbia whose work has appeared in local and national publications. Her areas of interest span broadly across the arts, with a specific connection to film, theatre and music. But she mostly just enjoys sharing good stories.

She has been a regular contributor of arts and culture writing to the Vancouver Sun and Edmonton Journal as well as a host and operator on The Storytelling Show on Vancouver Co-op Radio.

She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and is currently a sessional instructor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

As an instructor and consultant, she has worked extensively with language learners and writers of all levels both in Canada and abroad. From 2007 to 2009, she taught English in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. In 2013, she received an Access Copyright Foundation Grant to travel to Japan to continue work on a book that explores events around the 2011 tsunami.

“Erika Thorkelson has been a bright spot. She’s politically astute, offers sharp analysis of text and acting, and makes short but honest forays into scenographic elements.”

Alexis Lazaridis Ferguson in Canadian Theatre Review (Fall, 2016).

“’Liquefaction’ surprised me. It does not sensationalize. It does not lull or coddle. It does not romanticize youth—educated and alert, but oh so green when it comes to fielding chaos—as impervious to danger. What the essay offers is a glimpse of the aftermath, those moments when people learn to stare down grief, sweep their own fears aside, and act on behalf of others. ‘Liquefaction,’ I thought, might just be required mother-daughter reading.”

Susan Scott, Judge, 2012 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest,
The New Quarterly

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Remington Nelson, Web Consultant

You can contact her by email ethorkelson[at]gmail[dot]com

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