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Erica N. Cardwell is a writer, culture critic, and radical educator based in New York.  She received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence College. In 2015, she was awarded a Nonfiction fellowship from the LAMBDA Literary Foundation. Born on a full moon in Dayton, Ohio, Erica was raised in Amish Country, Pennsylvania. She has been a proud New Yorker for 18 years.

Erica has taught composition, creativity writing, literature, feminism, and social justice in schools throughout New York City and beyond. Some of these schools includes the Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY); Hunter College (CUNY); Marymount Manhattan College; Barnard College; and The New School.

Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Believer, Hyperallergic, Rewire, Sinister Wisdom, The Feminist Wire, Bitch Media, The London Progressive Journal, Green Mountain Review, Triangle House Review, and Ikons Magazine. In 2017, Erica received a scholarship from Vermont Studio Center as a writer in residence. Her essay, “Kara Walker and the Black Imagination” was featured on the Rumpus Round-Up in December of 2017. Erica is on the editorial board of Radical Teacher and co-edited the issue “Teaching Black Lives Matter,” Issue 101.

Erica writes about Black women and black artists.