Erica N. Cardwell is a writer, critic, and educator based in New York. 

After nearly a decade as a youth worker and arts administrator serving marginalized women, queer people, and communities of color, Erica shifted her career in advocacy to focus primarily on writing and teaching as a tool for change in 2015. In that same year, she was awarded a Nonfiction fellowship from the LAMBDA Literary Foundation.

Erica writes about the intersection of in/equity and imagination for Black artists and artists of color. Overall, her belief in the capacity for social change through visual culture has continued to inform her artistic practice.

Her essays and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming for The Believer, Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, Passages North, Bomb, The Lightwork Annual, Rewire, Sinister Wisdom, The Feminist Wire, Bitch Media, The London Progressive Journal, Green Mountains Review, Triangle House Review, and Ikons Magazine.

As an educator, Erica has taught creative writing, composition, and social justice in schools throughout New York City: Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY); Hunter College (CUNY); Marymount Manhattan College; Barnard College; and The New School.

Erica is on the editorial board of Radical Teacher Journal. She received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence College and has been awarded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Erica lives in Brooklyn with her wife and her turtle, Smiley Mousa.